The Wayfindr Open Standard Is Here

Katherine Payne
May 13, 2016

We have just launched the first working draft of the Wayfindr Open Standard. This is the world’s first standard for audio wayfinding using wireless technology, along with a demonstration mobile app.

As we investigated solutions to the global issue of independent travel for blind and partially sighted people, it was clear to us that we needed to do more than create another app. The world’s software developers and venue owners needed a standard to rally around in their efforts to improve the lives of the vision impaired. The Wayfindr Open Standard combines the design expertise of ustwo with the insights of the RLSB. Developed alongside users and tested in live environments - globally, we hope that the Open Standard will help the market for blind navigation services really take off and that everyone will now become involved in evolving it to cover every setting together. - Umesh Pandya. CEO, Wayfindr

Using the Wayfindr Open Standard, organisations will be able to develop and implement audio wayfinding solutions across smartphone apps and locations. This will provide a consistent and reliable navigation experience for blind and partially sighted customers.

Technology plays a central part in all our lives and is even more important to those who are visually impaired. I am so proud of the young vision impaired people who came together through the RLSB's Youth Forum to use their knowledge to harness the power of the digital age to help blind and partially sighted people across the entire world to get around safely and like everyone else. Publication of the working draft of the Open Standard is a significant first step in making their dream a reality. - Dr. Tom Pey, Chief Executive, RLSB

Now it is over to you. Explore the Wayfindr Open Standard, contribute your research and insights, and keep sharing the mission of Wayfindr. Together we can open up the world for vision impaired people.

 

If you would like to become part of the Wayfindr Community then find out more information here.

Katherine Payne

Our team combines the digital product and user centred design expertise of ustwo, with the Royal London Society for Blind People’s 175 years of experience working with blind people.