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Beacons On Buses Aid Visually Impaired Riders

In the Romanian city of Bucharest, a bus company is set to wrap up an eight-month pilot project in which Bluetooth beacons are being used to help visually impaired individuals navigate the bus system. At the same time, thousands of bus passengers in South Tyrol, Italy, are being invited to try a beacon-based service that provides real-time location information regarding buses for all riders, not just those with vision impairments. Both deployments are utilizing Onyx Beacon's Smart Public Transport Solution, which consists of beacon hardware, as well as a cloud-based content-management system (CMS) platform, to communicate with mobile devices via an app that runs on iOS and Android systems. For the Bucharest Smart Public Transport system, which is being funded by the Vodafone Romania Foundation, Onyx Beacon worked with Tandem Association—a Romanian organization dedicated to furthering the personal autonomy of persons with "mobility disabilities"—and the bus company known as RATB, an acronym that translates in Romanian as Autonomous Administration of Surface Public Transportation.

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