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Córdoba in Spain will implement innovative navigation technology for people with vision disabilities

Young blind man with white cane and guide dog standing on pavement in city

Bernardo Jordano, Deputy Mayor Delegate for Inclusion and Accessibility, presented this last week the NaviLens technology that will revolutionize visual and auditory accessibility in Córdoba. A code that will help blind or low vision people to orient themselves in unknown places independently. In addition, as Bernardo highlights, this device is useful for anyone.

“We are working to make a totally inclusive city, which, in addition to being accessible, makes everyone participate. In addition to the previous proposals presented in communication and elimination of barriers, we continue working to make Córdoba a tourist destination for all people ”, Jordano highlights.

Jordano informs that this code will be applied in 200 points in the old part of the city, it will spread to the rest of Córdoba, settling in municipal buildings, monuments or places of interest.

NaviLens is a new system that allows to differentiate the signs placed in specific places. Each of these signals indicates, audibly and also visually, which direction to go and what the person’s situation is with respect to the signpost. In addition, it contains information of all kinds regarding the specific place.

Javier Pita, CEO of Navilens, said at the press conference that in the case of QR codes, you have to know where they are to be able to read them and you have to focus on the center of the mobile device’s camera. This presents a lot of difficulty for a blind person. So what yhry did is create an absolutely new code, which does not need to be focused, which can be read at a distance of 12 meters in 0.03 seconds and with a wide angle of the camera’s viewfinder.

All these configurations allow the visually impaired person to ‘hunt’ the code in a very simple way and thus access the information it contains. In addition, the service offers augmented reality information, so that anyone can orient themselves without having any disability

This information also offers all the possible itineraries from the point where you are and can be read or heard, in 33 different languages- “This application will be applied to accessible itineraries and routes that are being prepared by the City Council,” the Deputy Mayor said, which will be presented in the near future.

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