Accessible Geneva!

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Mapping the accessibility features such as sidewalks and crosswalks of Geneva in an attempt to help people with spatial mobility problems to navigate themselves in and around the city. Help us to make Geneva accessible for everyone!.


Registration open

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Agenda

Friday 12th

9:30 - Welcome and coffee
10:00 - Presentation about the BeltCompass project and tools for mapping.
10:30 - Mapping time!
13:00 - Lunch time
14:00 - Mapping time
16:30 - Coffee break
17:00 - Discussion about achievements and lessons learnt!


Saturday 13th

9:30 - Welcome and coffee
10:00 - Presentation about the BeltCompass project and tools for mapping.
10:30 - Mapping time!
13:00 - Lunch time
14:00 - Mapping time
16:30 - Coffee break
17:00 - Discussion about achievements and lessons learnt!


On Sunday afternoon the different Hackathons will present their achievements at Campus Biotech. It will be an open event, please register here.

Omni-Navigation project

This initiative of mapping accessibility is part of the Belt-Compass project. Belt Compass provides an innovative navigation system for the blinds and people with spatial mobility problems. The navigation system provides routes taking into account accessibility information such as crosswalks or sidewalks. Users can perceive the route information through audio or haptic signals provided by a belt. The latter option provides a hands-free navigation and avoids blocking out other audio information from the environment while navigating in urban areas.

Major companies providing pedestrian navigation systems, such as Google, Apple, Open Street Map, do not have a solution for accurate and safe pedestrian navigation. Existing maps lack accessibility information such as sidewalks or crosswalks, thus providing routes that are not suitable for walkers, i.e. routing people down the middle of the street, or proposing crossing the street at places where it is not allowed for pedestrians. Even though current navigation systems are very useful for people with spatial mobility problems, this lack of accessibility information is a significant limitation, especially for the blind and visually impaired.

Belt Compass deals with the lack of accessibility information by taking advantage of open data coming from the governments and public institutions, such as SITG in Geneva, OpenData.Paris in Paris, and so on. Additionally, Belt Compass allows users to actively participate in mapping accessibility data and rating routes in order to continuously improve the routes provided.

The Belt Compass system allows users to listen to the route description which include information about detailed turns, crosswalks, sidewalks, and traffic lights, or to use a haptic belt, which vibrates to indicate to the user where to turn or when to make a correction on their trajectory. The belt is composed of 4 vibration motors and has a Bluetooth connection to the mobile phone.

The Belt Compass aims to become a reference navigation system for pedestrians, giving special attention to those users with spatial mobility problems, including the blinds and visually impaired.

This project has been designed and prototyped as part of the Open Geneva Hackathon held in Geneva in March 2016, and organised by The Port Associacion in collaboration with the Geneva Hospital, Geneva Creative Center, Le système d'information du territoire à Genève, University of Geneva, and Citizen Cyberlab.


Expected impact of the Accessible Geneva Hackathon

The aim of the hackathon is to gather accessibility information such as sidewalks and crosswalks by using Open Street Maps. The information gathered over the hackathon will be available on Open Street Map and licensed as open data. The Belt compass project will use the data to help blind and visually impair people to navigate in Geneva with more precise route descriptions.  Additionally the accessibility information will be available on Open Street Map for everyone!. BeltCompass routing server will make use immediately of the data added by volunteers.

Participants

The event is open to everyone!. The participation does not required any specific background or knowledge. Participants will receive information about how to use Open Street Map for adding accessibility features and we will spend a nice time mapping together!. Over the hackathon we will be able to see new data on Open Street Map and see how the BeltCompass routing system is able to find new accessible routes in Geneva.


Organizers

Amudha Ravi Shankar (amudha.rathinam@gmail.com)

Daniela Jindra (jindra.daniela@gmail.com)

Jose Luis Fernandez-Marquez (joseluis.fernandez@unige.ch)

Marzia Del Zotto (Marzia.delZotto@hcuge.ch)

Mitsouko Van Assche (Mitsouko.VanAssche@unige.ch)

Rémi Beauvais (beauvais.remi@gmail.com)