Forschungsinstitut Technologie und Behinderung Project BAIM

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Project BAIM

Information on barrier-free public transportation for people with reduced mobility.

Motivation

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The goal to achieve a barrier-free public transportation requires not only a barrier-free access and usage of transportation vehicles, stops, railway stations, information terminals, ticket machines, and services etc., but also accessible information on the provision of barrier-free traveling chains (as long as not all facilities are barrier-free).

Description of Work

The aim of the project is to support or to enable the active and independent participation of people with reduced mobility in public transportation by developing an information system that provides its users with detailed information on the accessibility of public transportation facilities, including vehicles, buildings, available technical facilities, information devices, and special assistive features for people with disabilities.

The BAIM information services shall support the user when planning a journey at home (via an Internet based information platform or a telephone based speech information system), e.g. by searching for barrier-free transportation chains from any given starting point to any destination of the journey - according to the user's personal requirements profile, as well as during the journey (via an Internet/WAP service or a SMS service), e.g. by informing in "real-time" about unforeseen obstacles, for instance an elevator which is out of order at a station where the traveller intended to change trains.

The innovative services are implemented and evaluated in the regions of Frankfurt RheinMain (Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund) and Berlin-Brandenburg (Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg). At the end of the project the findings and experiences are wrapped up in such a way that they can be transferred to other public transport associations.

A more detailed project description (in German) is provided on the BAIM web site.

Focus of  FTB

  • User requirements analysis.
  • Support of the technical development.
  • User tests and evaluation.
  • Dissemination of project results.

Project Partners

The consortium is actively supported by

  • the working group "barrier-free traveling" of  RMV,
  • the user organisations of mobility-impaired people in Brandenburg of VBB,
  • individuals with reduced mobility,
  • associations of people with disabilities and older people.

Project Data

Contact Persons at FTB

  • Dr.-Ing. Helmut Heck (head of FTB development centre)
    email: h.heck@ftb-esv.de
  • Dipl.-Psych. Rainer Wallbruch

Last Updated at Tuesday, 16 July 2013