Accessible Environmental Information Application for Individuals with Visual Impairments

This project, funded by NIDILRR’s Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase II program, is developing a scalable Accessible Environmental Information Application (AEI) with seamless outdoor to indoor navigation and a unified beacon database for people with visual disabilities. This application provides indoor orientation information to assist and navigating indoor public spaces including malls, airports, conference venues and baseball stadiums. This project is expanding existing outdoor navigation systems with this AEI that provides orientation and location information indoors where GPS is unavailable.

Project Goals

  1. Evaluate the leading indoor navigation techniques to assess synergistic technological capabilities
  2. Continue development of the AEI application to incorporate Phase 1 feedback and refine interface
  3. Conduct user needs survey to gather information about challenges, barriers, technology, access to information, and general user needs for independently navigating indoor facilities.
  4. Incorporate additional third party beacon databases
  5. Create an open source beacon sharing standard and database
  6. Analyze the success of the developed application in real world situations

Key Personnel

Paul Ponchillia, Principal Investigator

Sheri Harding Project Manager and Chief Financial Officer

Kimberly Casey CEO Sendero Group

Charles LaPierre, CTO

Michael May, Advisor

Chris Grabowski, Staff Tester

Sarper Sılaoğlu LoudSteps Boni

Ilkka Pirttimaa BlindSquare Developer

Bernd Gruber President indoo.rs

David Helms Radius Networks

David Young Radius Networks, WikiBeacons developer

Anil Lewis, MPA, Executive Director, NFB Jernigan Institute

Bryan Bashin CEO LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco

Events Schedule

M-Enabling Summit 2017, June 13-14, Arlington, VA. Presenting Standards for Navigation Apps and Services, 11:15 - 12:30PM, June 14, Studio F.

NFB National Convention 2017 July 10-15, Orlando, FL

AER International Orientation & Mobility Conference 2017 July 19-22, Pittsburgh, PA. Presenting Emerging Accessible Indoor Navigation Technologies, 3:30 - 4:30PM, July 19, Birmingham Room.