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    TfL tests guide beacons for the blind

    March 9th, 2015

    Transport for London (TfL) is testing the use of Bluetooth beacons that work with a mobile app to provide guidance to visually impaired passengers travelling on the London Underground. “Currently most have to rely on friends to help them get used to familiar routes or phone ahead to request assistance from London Underground staff,” the BBC reports. “Many do not feel confident about using the whole network.”

    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.”

    Washington Metro to test NFC payments in 2015

    June 23rd, 2014

    Washington Metro (WMATA) is preparing to pilot NFC payments, allowing passengers to pay for their journey with an NFC smartphone or a contactless bank or ID card. Some 2,000 passengers, 10 metro stations, 50 buses and two parking… More

    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

    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