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Beacon project improves accessibility
for TTC passengers at St Clair Station

The TTC is testing new “beacon” technology at St Clair Station as part of a larger accessibility project in the Yonge Street / St Clair Area area for people with low vision.

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), in partnership with the Rick Hansen Foundation, is leading the project.

The beacons, in St Clair Station and businesses near Yonge and St Clair, transmit information to the BlindSquare Event application on a visitor’s iPhone or iPad.

The beacons — small, battery-powered devices inside the doorways of businesses — silently communicate with the app through low-energy Bluetooth signals. CNIB is working with information from the local businesses to load the descriptions into the app. The Bluetooth signals do not use WiFi or interfere with any other technologies (for example: security systems).

The app verbally guides people through the station or participating businesses, while describing the surroundings including location name, the layout or floor plan and the goods or services that are available. The app also gives uses more information, such bus stops locations and the names of the streets they are walking along. The BlindSquare Event app is available in many different languages and is free to download on Apple devices from the App Store.

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