BindiMaps, a smartphone app that uses wayfinding beacon technology to enable people with low vision or blindness to navigate complicated indoor spaces, has been installed at the Pacific Werribee shopping centre in Victoria.
The app uses a simple language audio system to describe where users are and what’s around them, and the best way to get to their chosen destination.
The installation, led by Guide Dogs Victoria and BindiMaps, was made possible by a Community Strengthening Grant from Wyndham City Council, which is dedicated to making local, public spaces easier and more efficient for everyone in the community to navigate.
“Increased access to public spaces, such as at shopping centres, is extremely beneficial for the independence and wellbeing of people with low vision or blindness. We are so excited for Pacific Werribee to be a place that provides safe and independent access, and hope to see this technology rolled out across many more community sites across the state,” said Guide Dogs Victoria CEO Karen Hayes.
Founder and CEO of BindiMaps, Dr Anna Wright, said “While BindiMaps can enhance the shopping experience for any customer, it completely changes the way people with low vision or blindness can safely and independently access indoor spaces.”
“Before BindiMaps, a person with low vision or blindness would need significant help from others to be able to do something most of us take for granted, such as accessing our local shopping centre. Our mission is to make every indoor space 100% accessible to everyone”.