Personalisation of Public Digital Terminals for all
The event took place last March 31st, 2014 in Madrid
Spanish company Technosite – specialised in accessible technology and part of the business group of ONCE and its Foundation – and “la Caixa” presented the APSIS4all project to the media in Madrid.
The project’s objective is to overcome accessibility barriers experienced by people with disabilities, older people and people unfamiliar with the technology when interacting with electronic devices available for public use.
Currently, APSIS4all has two pilots in the European market. The first is deployed in the German city of Paderborn, where the company Höft & Wessel installed 24 transport ticket vending machines.
The second is an initiative developed in Spain by Technosite and "la Caixa", which are already available in about 1,300 "la Caixa" ATMs. These machines offer forms of interaction adapted to different profiles, such as a sign language avatar, high-contrast text displays with large text and buttons, a screen reader or keyboard navigation. They are options that enhance the user experience with the terminal, and can be especially useful for people with disabilities.
The solution developed by Technosite and "la Caixa" can be used to customise and make more accessible all kinds of public digital terminals, such as self-checkout lanes, information and retail kiosks, electronic points of sale, or payment terminals, etc.
Twelve organizations participate in this project through a consortium which include partners from countries such as Spain (Technosite, "la Caixa", Barcelona Digital), Germany (Höft & Wessel, PaderSprinter GmbH, SoVD – State Association Lower Saxony e.V.), United Kingdom (John Gill LTD, AbilityNet), Italy (Fondazione Ugo Bordoni), Greece (Centre for Research and Technology Hellas / Informatics and Telematics Institute), France (Egal Plus) and Austria (Center for Usability Research and Engineering).