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    Bucharest buses to use Bluetooth beacons to guide the blind

    June 8th, 2015

    Five hundred Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons are to be installed on buses and trolleybuses on two public transportation lines in the city of Bucharest, Romania to guide visually impaired passengers on and off buses so that they can use public transportation services without needing a personal assistant. More

    Barclays to test beacons in branches

    December 2nd, 2014

    Barclays is to run a three month Bluetooth beacon technology trial at its Pinstone Street branch in Sheffield, UK, to alert bank staff to the presence of customers with disabilities. “Customers can choose to opt-in to the service by pre-registering their information through an app,” the bank explains. “These customers can share information about their accessibility needs and even a photo of themselves, so they can be identified as soon as the app senses the beacon. A colleague with an iPad at the front of the branch will then be alerted on their arrival.”

    Samsung unveils NFC voice label for visually impaired smartphone users

    March 14th, 2014

    Samsung has introduced a range of accessories for its Galaxy Core Advance NFC smartphone aimed at users “that require special assistance”. The range includes an ultrasonic cover, optical scan stand and an NFC-enabled voice label… More

    Apps4Android launches NFC talking label app

    February 17th, 2012

    Accessibility app specialist Apps4Android has released Ideal Talking Tags, a free talking label maker and reader application for NFC phones running Android 4. Ideal Talking Tags allows the user to record messages on their phone and then… More

    EU invests €3.41m in project to make self-service terminals more accessible

    September 9th, 2011

    The APSIS4All project plans to use cutting edge technologies including NFC to make it easier for the elderly and the disabled to make use of ticket vending machines, public information kiosks, cash dispensers and other self-service terminals. More

    French retailer tests NFC as aid for visually impaired shoppers

    September 6th, 2011

    The Casino supermarket chain is testing the use of NFC tags as a way for visually impaired and physically disabled customers to obtain product details including pricing and ingredient lists. More