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PTV and Guide Dogs Victoria to install wayfinding technology at six new locations

15 Oct 2018

People with low vision or blindness will have better access to Victoria’s public transport network following the installation of innovative navigational technology at six of Melbourne’s major train interchanges. This comes in addition to Southern Cross Station, where the pilot program took place in 2017. 

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) CEO Jeroen Weimar joined Guide Dogs Victoria (GDV) CEO Karen Hayes at Flinders Street Station on International White Cane Day to announce the installation of the beacon wayfinding technology at:

  • Flinders Street
  • Flagstaff
  • Parliament
  • Melbourne Central
  • Richmond
  • Footscray

“This new technology will improve independent access to Melbourne’s train network for people with low vision or blindness and make it easier for them to navigate these busy stations,” said Mr Weimar. 

“The roll-out of beacon technology is a great example of our ongoing commitment to improving access to Victoria’s public transport network for all passengers,” he said.

The beacons, located around the station concourses, send signals to the app BlindSquare which translates the signal into navigational content. 

The app then communicates this information to the user, giving directions to food outlets, toilets and lifts or escalators.

PTV and Guide Dogs Victoria have recently agreed to a three-year extension of their partnership to further improve accessibility on the public transport network.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Guide Dogs Victoria, which is resulting in initiatives that are making a real difference, especially for the lives of people with low vision or blindness,” said Mr Weimar.

Guide Dogs Victoria CEO Karen Hayes praised the work PTV has done to improve accessibility and hopes that more organisations will follow suit.

 “It’s important that we’re working as a community to make public spaces, events and experiences more accessible to people with vision loss.”

“The announcement demonstrates the power of collaboration in bringing this exciting technology to life, and we look forward to seeing more organisations embrace accessibility in Victoria,” she said.