Audio Braille and Onsite

Onsite is a location based platform on which a number of services can be provided.

Our first service is Audio Braille.

Retailers and service providers will be able to purchase our low cost Onsite tags to attach to entrances, exits and objects of interest. They can then provide their customers with information about these locations and objects as they come within range of a tag.

To help you understand how Audio Braille works here are a couple of examples of how it could be used:

At a railway station

A blind or disabled person wishes to travel by train. They have pre-booked assistance at the station but when they arrive, no one is there to meet them. By using the Audio Braille service they will be able to ‘find’ the station’s Onsite tag, and using the location specific phone number which Onsite has downloaded, will be able to directly call the person at the station who is actually providing the assistance. They can then discuss their specific needs without having to physically try and find someone.

In a shopping centre

A blind shopper with a guide dog is walking through a shopping centre. Whilst the shopper is able to get from point A to point B with the help of the dog, knowing exactly where they are on that journey is difficult and shop names, posters and other information would normally be impossible to access. With the Audio Braille service running, as the user comes within range of each Onsite tag, the information relevant to that tag would be made available as an audio file. The user also has the ability to request more information about that specific location, which could be anything from opening times, to details of the latest offers. Based on the phone language settings this audio information could also be converted into another language.

Audio Braille helps users not only orientate themselves and gather information on demand, but also provides them with the option to use the location specific phone number to speak to someone in the chosen location to request additional assistance.

In a museum

Anyone running the Onsite App would be able to walk around a museum and as they come within range of an Onsite tag have information relevant to that specific location or object. This could even be delivered in their own language and they could use the phone to act as an audio guide. For example let’s say the user is standing next to ‘Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh’. The user can request more information about that object and the application would then download the additional data related to that tag. For example, Sunflowers (original title, in French: Tournesols) are the subject of two series of still life paintings by the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. The earlier series executed in Paris in 1887 depicts the flowers lying on the ground, while the second set executed a year later in Arles shows bouquets of sunflowers in a vase. In the artist’s mind both sets were linked by the name of his friend Paul Gauguin, who acquired two of the Paris versions. About eight months later Van Gogh hoped to welcome and to impress Gauguin again with Sunflowers, now part of the painted decoration that he prepared for the guestroom of his Yellow House, where Gauguin was supposed to stay in Arles. After Gauguin’s departure, Van Gogh imagined the two major versions as wings of the Berceuse Triptych, and finally he included them in his exhibit at Les XX in Brussels’.

They can also use the ‘phone’ option to speak to someone in the museum if particular assistance is required.

The range of the Onsite tags can be set to short, medium or long range (2, 10 or 30 metres), to suit a variety of environments and applications and provide maximum flexibility. Onsite is not just for the disabled, but can be used by anyone who needs to access help or information.

  • Onsite can provide an audio tour of a museum or art gallery in multiple languages
  • The ability to call someone for help or help find items
  • Be linked to real time data (train times etc…)
  • Identify exits and entrances, seat or room numbers and hazards
  • Trigger the download of music, video or any file
  • Provide GPS co-ordinates

Onsite tags are small (about the size of a dinner mint), low cost and easy to install and manage. They can be used either singly or as part of larger system, have a range of up to 30 metres and will last between 3 to 5 years.