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Location technology for assisting disabled people

Brought to you by The Location Group

We aim to describe the current landscape of location based services (LBS) for disabled people, its limitations and areas for potential innovation.

About the event

LBS for disabled people covers a very broad range of technologies. For instance, a connected city may provide people with information on which bus stop to use and when to expect the next service; or a map to indicate the accessible entrances to a building, rather than just an address.

The challenges are broader too. Some are shared with more commercial location based services:
• How do indoor navigation methods vary depending on the type of building?
• How should the technology be split between infrastructure and user devices?

Other challenges are different:
• Who will pay the costs of installation and maintenance?
• Who undertakes training of the disabled people to use these systems?

We will explore advances in assistive and adaptive technology, and in methods for accessible tourism. This is an event for providers and users of the technology and those looking for areas for innovation.

We have limited demo opportunities at the event for companies with relevant technology. If you would like to showcase your tech please contact CW for further information.

The purpose of the SIG is to promote and further the adoption of location as a value-added facility for a range of applications. Location Based Services are not about position – they are primarily about the use of location and position information as a value-add to service or product the end-user buys.

The specific objectives are:

  • Advocate location as a value-add to any appropriate application
  • Encourage and support the creation of open APIs
  • Develop and promote sustainable business models for LB
  • Offer expertise to guide regulatory and standards development
  • Provide expert input to sensitive issues such as privacy
  • Foster interoperability between technologies and applications

You can follow @CambWireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #CWLocation.

Hosted by Digital Greenwich

The Royal Borough of Greenwich launched its “Smart City” strategy on the 22nd October 2015. This set out how the Council proposes to implement “smarter” approaches to coping with the challenges ahead, and to create new opportunities for businesses and local communities, securing business regeneration and growth.

Speakers

John Gill

Dr John Gill OBE DSc FIET worked for over 40 years in the area of scientific and technological research for people with disabilities. His research has included assistive technology, mobility and orientation systems, accessibility of information and communication technology systems, and design for legibility. He has visited 43 countries and written over 300 publications.

Colette Jeffrey - Senior Lecturer, Birmingham City University

Colette is a full-time lecturer in Graphic Communication and a part-time PhD researcher. Before joining Birmingham City University in 2009, she worked for 15 years as a wayfinding consultant, inclusive design director and information designer. She researched and co-wrote the NHS official guidance on wayfinding in hospitals, published in 1999 and has had research papers and articles published on wayfinding in hospitals and other complex environments. As project director and inclusive design director at Applied, a specialist wayfinding and information design consultancy based in London, she carried out user-focused research and developed map and sign solutions for legible city projects in Brighton and Leeds. As wayfinding design director at The Brand Union and Information Design Unit she designed wayfinding systems for over 50 sites, including 20 NHS hospitals, the Natural History Museum London, Tower Bridge, Wembley Arena, Heathrow Airport and shopping centres in Dublin and Dubai. In 2012, Colette, as Director of Copper Jetty, researched and wrote a Wayfinding Inclusivity Report for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, for LOCOG. Colette has recently begun a PhD study exploring how people get disorientated inside buildings and what they do when they are spatially disorientated. She will compare her observational findings with data collected from professionals who design complex environments and develop wayfinding strategies to identify correlation or disparity.

Roger Wilson-Hinds - Director, Screenreader.net CIC

Roger was educated as a blind child. He graduated in Social Science and later studied the sense of smell and special needs children at Warwick University in the early 1980’s. He has retained a personal and professional interest in disability access and navigation aids for the blind, having just taken on his first guide dog at the age of 77. His philosophy is to retain a multi-sensory navigation vision and mission while quickly ditching solutions as better ones come to market. He currently favours an IVR approach – Just speak ‘where am I?’ or ‘what is nearby’? And assimilate the response amongst all the other clues and cues. It’s not realistic to poke about on a small screen while you are getting from A to B in a busy noisy environment with a white cane or dog.

SIG Champions

David Bartlett - Senior Principal Engineer Positioning, u-blox UK

David Bartlett works in the positioning technology (R&D) group at u-blox with a focus on hybrid positioning: bringing together GNSS with terrestrial systems such as UWB and V2X, primarily in support of future autonomous vehicle, driverless car and robotics applications but also for IoT and indoor positioning. Prior to this he was CTO and co-founder of Omnisense delivering high precision indoor IoT tracking solutions. He also worked at Cambridge Positioning systems with a focus on cellular positioning and network aided GNSS techniques.

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Bob Cockshott - Quantum Lead, PNT Lead, The KTN

After graduating in Astronomy Bob worked for 25 years in the space industry as a systems engineer and project manager developing electro-optical and RF payloads. Bob joined the Location and Timing KTN in 2006, becoming KTN Director in 2008. Bob continues to cover all position, navigation and timing technologies and applications, and now looks also looks after quantum technology commercialisation following the launch of the £270m UK National Quantum Technology Programme.

Ben Tarlow - Technical Marketing Manager, Qualcomm Technologies International

Ben has worked in positioning for 15 years, developing algorithms for satellite, cellular and other terrestrial RF technologies. At Qualcomm, Ben works in the Advanced Algorithms group, where current research areas in location are data fusion, use of sensor data for positioning and fitness applications; one day, he hopes to be given the remit to explore the area of olfactory positioning. Ben has a background in Pure Mathematics and a PhD in Combinatorics. He has over 20 different patents filed or granted, mostly on subjects relating to positioning.

Agenda

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The information supplied below may be subject to change before the event.

12:30

Registration over networking lunch

13:30

Introduction to the Location SIG from Bob Cockshott, The KTN

13:35

‘Will Location Technology be of Practical Help to Disabled Travellers?’ - Dr John Gill

John will describe the needs of disabled travellers, and some of the issues relating to possible technological solutions.

14:05

‘People-centred thinking and design: How to design information systems that navigators with (or without) disabilities can access and use’ - Colette Jeffrey

Colette will focus on the people using location technology, describing the information needs of people with different disabilities using examples from her research for the London 2012 Inclusivity Audit, Legible London on-street sign inclusivity audits and will finish with a discussion of her ongoing PhD research on why people get lost inside buildings to find reasons for the lack of useful location technology currently being installed in public buildings.

14:35

Refreshments and networking Demo session

Demonstrations to be announced shortly.

15:15

‘Blind Allies’ - Roger Wilson-Hinds, Director, Screenreader.net

Roger will speak about his life experience as a nearly blind man. He reflects on the various aids, allies, available to someone wanting to get about the world with little or no sight and looks forward to wonderful emerging technologies while greatly valuing what nature makes available.

15:45

Speaker to be confirmed shortly

16:15

Final Remarks provided by SIG Champion, David Bartlett, u-blox

16:25

Event closes

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Digital Greenwich, 6 Mitre Passage, London SE10 0ER

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