WIT Press


Interactive Guidance System For Railway Passengers

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/CR020461

Volume

61

Pages

10

Published

2002

Size

676 kb

Author(s)

K Goto, H Matsubara, N Fukasawa & N Mizukami

Abstract

This paper presents a new interactive guidance system for passengers. The system developed for the visually disabled consists of a cane, a portable in- formation terminal and radio tag-installed Braille blocks. The tag reader at the tip of the cane reads the location data in the tag and transmits it to the portable information terminal by radio waves. The information terminal generates appropriate guide and navigation messages by utilizing geographical information and personal data of the user. The user can interactively acquire the messages by communicating with the system. We carried out a field test to evaluate the system at a station in Tokyo. In this test, a number of visually disabled persons used the system in the actual conditions. The results of the test have shown good availability of the system.

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