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Challenge / Goal

The simplification of the transitions between the individual means of transportation is a challenge for the multimodal mobility. In this measure the focus is on special transportation needs of deaf and blind persons. The short term goal is to make an indoor routing App for deaf and blind persons available. The Application is based on “Beacons” and will give needed information to facilitate the multimodal mobility of this target grou


For this measure, a routing application for the visually impaired was implemented based on existing services of the local public transport corporation (MVG). This is supported by installing beacons inside public transport stations. The beacons send bluetooth signals to users that have installed the corresponding app on their mobile devices. They can locate users as they approach, and upon receiving the bluetooth signal the app directs users with verbal instructions, such as the location of stores and ticket machines, or how many steps are in a staircase, tailored to the destination they wish to travel to. During the development phase, the beacons is temporarily installed in a public transport station in Munich so that the application can be tested in cooperation with the local association of the visually impaired. As a result of this measure, further opportunities of using beacons for indoor routing in all public transport stations will be explored.



Provide indoor routing information

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Time period

Planning time: 0.5 - 1 years

Implementation time: 1 - 2 years


Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel München (MVG - Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft) - Liefert den Algorithmus für die Bakentechnologie. Osram Licht AG - Hersteller der netzgekoppelten Leuchte. Technische Aufsichtsbehörde für die öffentlichen Verkehrsbetriebe in München. Verein für blinde und sehbehinderte Menschen in München (BBSB)

End users

Gehörlose und Blinde

    Main benefits

  • Improving public transport accessibility

  • Increasing safety

  • Improving life quality

  • Improved data accessibility

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