The City of Oshawa recently announced the installation of wayfinding technology known as BlindSquare at City Hall that enables individuals who are blind or experience low vision to navigate the building and surrounding property. Oshawa is the first city in North America to install the technology in a City Hall.
BlindSquare uses a series of beacons and GPS capabilities to look up and relay information indoors and out. Indoors, the app describes the surrounding environment and announces points of interest. When in a BlindSquare coverage zone outside, the app will identify the location and inform users about their immediate surroundings including points of interest and street intersections. Presently, the coverage includes a two-kilometre radius surrounding City Hall and can communicate information about The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa Public Libraries’ McLaughlin branch, Durham Regional Police Services station, transit stops and more.
The technology is designed to help users who are blind or have low vision to navigate safely. Visitors to Oshawa can also benefit from its clear and easy-to-use interface. Additionally, BlindSquare is available in 26 languages.
The free BlindSquare Event app is available for iPhone users through Apple’s App Store. Currently, an Android version of the app is in development with a launch date targeted for late 2018.
For more information about BlindSquare, visit our BlindSquare webpage.