REACT have a new image and new independence - they are now
REACT Accessibility ltd!
React have a new image and new independence – they are now ’React Accessibility ltd’
The React device/beacon is a triggered announcement system giving real time information about transport and the local environment. It is Not an app, but a fixed announcement system. It has been around for over 18 years, and It is recognised nationally, supported by RNIB, Guide dogs for the blind, disability action groups, DfT many councils, transport authorities, public transport operators, organisations and suppliers
We know that by working closely with everyone including large supermarket chains and more commercial business’s that include the bigger transport operators, we can improve access for everyone – inclusivity is massively improved.
React is versatile, multilingual, can be tailored to requirements and fitted on all modes of public transport either at OEM or in retrofit. It can be placed inside, outside buildings, in lifts on stairwells, waiting areas, public conveniences, hospitals, shops, theatres and a lot more places where access is lacking so that more people stay independent
Reacts systems are triggered via a radio hand held fob or via a Bluetooth app on Android/ smartphones. It can be integrated into audio induction hearing loop systems and helps people with all manner of impairments, hidden or otherwise find their way about. Once activated, React equipped announcers do on the spot announcements whether on a bus, tram, train stops, through ticket machines/ kiosks or through wayfinding
We work direct with consultants, councils system integrators like Trapeze ITS UK Ltd, Idox group, 21st Century PLC, Nexus Alpha PLC, Ferrograph, r2p UK SYSTEMS ltd, Cammax, M2M tech
React Accessibility ltd continue to look at innovative ways to improve inclusivity and while working with DfT, now offer open data systems so that the Bus Services Act 2017 goals for access are complied with and exceeded.
React helps with access and supports social inclusion and independence. Our aim is to make a difference so that people’s lives and wellbeing are bettered
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Could 3D Audio be the future of accessible travel?
Tech giants Microsoft have teamed up with Vision Australia to launch a brand new, state-of-the-art 3D audio app that has been designed to help blind and visually impaired people gain greater independence to explore the world around them via a 3d audio experience
The revolutionary app – called Soundscape – uses powerful audio beacons on selected destinations or landmark so travellers can keep track of where they are, as well as letting users know when roads and intersections are nearby.
According to Microsoft, the user will wear a stereo headset linked to soundscape which will help them “build an image of what’s around from the sounds in the environment and the information coming from the Soundscape app.”
This is a huge step for accessible technology, as blind or visually impaired users can have greater control of their own journeys: “Unlike traditional navigation apps that provide turn by turn directions, Soundscape helps users build an appreciation of the space as they move through it, empowering them to make their own navigational choices while at the same time enhancing their overall experience.”
“Used in combination with traditional mobility aids, like canes and dogs, a person with low or no vision can get from A to B and gain an appreciation of their surroundings on the journey – particularly if the environment is an unfamiliar one.”
Soundscape has been the result of an intensive 6-month collaboration with Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence and Research department and Vision Australia’s Orientation and Mobility team – and so far, it’s been a huge success.
It’s important that everyone can travel safely and independently, especially if suffering from vision loss. At REACT Technologies, we – like Microsoft – are giving blind or visually impaired people the confidence to make journeys on their own. We want everyone to feel a part of this increasingly interconnected world, and with the modern technology we have available, it’s our job to help make people with visual impairments feel a part of the wider community.