The context• 1,5% of the global population (approximately 105 million people) live with a motor disability.• Accessibility in public places is one of the guiding principles of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. • The problem of accessibility presents many consequences for physically handicapped people, the most serious being the risk of social exclusion. • In addition, the problem of accessibility doesn’t concern only people with a motor disability, but also a large panel of the population : Pregnant women, the elderly, mothers with strollers… Sources : National Center of Technical Studies and Research (CTNERHI)
The problematic • Local authorities make efforts to improve accessibility, but they need the right tools to get feedback from the people concerned on their experiences. • Even where accessibility investments have been made, users still don’t know where they can go without trouble, or how to get there, due to a lack of information.• People with reduce mobility have to face difficulties to accomplish some common tasks, like going at the city hall, going shopping or ever going work. These difficulties can result to an inacceptable exclusion of the people concerned.• Existing solutions dont provide enough features to generate a complete and adapted itinerary for people with reduced mobility.
Our solution : CapStreet• CapStreet is a software solution allowing the calculation of an adapted itinerary for people with reduced mobility, according to their degree of difficulty getting around.• CapStreet also allows its’ users to consult points of interest in a city to know if they are accessible or not. • CapStreet offers reporting and analysis tools to local authorities about their public places and streets based on the data collected by the application form its’ users.
Our solution : CapStreet• CapStreet is a solution which relies on three pillars: An application Evaluation of accessible on Points of many different Interest devices Creation of an adapted itinerary
Features : Points Of Interest (POIs) CapStreet is entirely based on POI. Data for the POI is continuously maintained by the community. This community can rate and comment all POIs to verify provided information or add additional details. Based on data collected on these POI, a report highlighting the abnormalities and difficulties to access certain POIs can be sent to local authorities.
Features : Adapted itinerary Every POI is defined with an « accessibility level ». For example, a subway entrance will have an accessibility level of 2 of 4 if there is an escalator but not elevator. A bus stop will have an accessibility level of 1 of 4 if there is no access for wheelchair. With this data, CapStreet can provide itineraries that are not only adapted but also optimized for each individual.
Features : MultiplatformCapStreet is : A website, because it’s the most convenient and universal way to consult data and manage accounts. Moreover websites provide many tools for ease of access. A mobile application (Windows Phone first), to allow each user to easily access the entire set of CapStreet services everywhere, and to use GPS features. The ability to use GPS is very important because of the mapping features of our product.
Business Plan• The service has to be free for end users. The subscription and the mobile application will be available at no cost.• Our business model includes close cooperation with big cities.• These cities will invest in CapStreet because : – It helps citizens and makes the city more attractive. – The analysis and reporting tool will assist the city in establishing an effective compliance plan with the accessibility recommendations in the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. – It’s a great promotional tool that can highlight investments made in the city towards improved accessibility.
Global vision A Cloud computing solution. The service will be available in many countries and have to follow the rapid growth of the community. An open service (SDK). The developers community should be able to provide new fonctionnalities to the service. It’s possible to access CapStreet features in various ways. Smartphones, Web browsers, and in the future, embedded devices. One website per city. Each city has its own specificities. These specificities have to be included independently. Local events can be organized in order to strengthen the community. The community can use Facebook to share information about their activity.
Technical vision For the cloud computing part we have chosen Azure’s products because it’s well integrated with our solution and it’s a reliable product. Also our data will be stored in SQL Azure. The geographical data is collected from an Open Data Solution : OpenStreetMap. CapStreet is capable to read many data format, including the wide used General Transit Feed Specification. Our SDK Feature can be accessed through a Windows Communication Foundation service because it’s interoperable, easy to use, standard and consistent regarding our architecture. For the Web Site, all mapping features are based on the Bing map AJAX SDK because it can be used on every web browser.
Partners• Through our partnership, or with Open Data, CapStreet is already available in five wide-scale cities: Toulouse, London, Sydney, Lyon and Montpellier.• The “Association des Paralysés de France “ (APF) trusts in CapStreet and has proposed to help and to test it in real conditions.
The team- Agathe Demnard is the team designer.- Anthony Balitrand is a developer on the project, in charge of web technologies, and the person of reference for ergonomics.- Arnaud Pouppeville is our .NET Developer and a Microsoft Student Partner. He’s in charge of project management and is the main developer on the .NET portion of CapStreet.- Franck Boisgibault is in charge of the marketing aspect of the project and participates in the development of some features.- Camille Bertrand (mentor) is a security expert and has extensive experience in project presentations and public speaking.
Conclusion• CapStreet is a solution to a serious social need for millions of people with reduced mobility worldwide.• More than just the social aspect, CapStreet will allow cities to effectively evaluate the impact of their policies concerning accessibility in public places for people with reduced mobility.• With CapStreet, our objective is to provide an effective informatics solution to help people with reduced mobility to get around in their everyday life.