HARNESSING THE WEB TECHNOLOGY TO ENRICH VISUALLY CHALLENGED USERS NAVIGATION

Hulya Francis, Madjid Merabti, A. Taleb Bendiab

Abstract

Navigating urban streets without sight is fraught with difficulty and is often dangerous. Visually challenged people rely on ancillary equipment such as a white cane to probe the immediate area in front of them as well as developing other pre-existing personal physiological senses such as tactile, auditory, and olfactory senses, to train themselves to walk along pavements. Conventional navigation systems based on geo-maps alone are of little use to a visually challenged pedestrian. Hence, there is a need to develop a navigation client-server system capable of providing information appropriate for a visually challenged pedestrian to use to navigate urban pavements. This paper describes a navigation system that includes an enriched information model and a technology to deliver such information in an easy-to-use, accessible fashion. The paper introduces the technical challenge to the creation of a digital database for the navigation server that stores appropriate data. A prototyped digital navigation model of Hoylake Town Centre, UK has been used to test and validate the proposed model. This paper describes the role and function, and outlines the architecture for the Web-based mobile computing location-based services navigation support systems.

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in Harvard Style

Francis H., Merabti M. and Taleb Bendiab A. (2007). HARNESSING THE WEB TECHNOLOGY TO ENRICH VISUALLY CHALLENGED USERS NAVIGATION . In Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 1: WEBIST, ISBN 978-972-8865-77-1, pages 189-196. DOI: 10.5220/0001272401890196


in Bibtex Style

@conference{webist07,
author={Hulya Francis and Madjid Merabti and A. Taleb Bendiab},
title={HARNESSING THE WEB TECHNOLOGY TO ENRICH VISUALLY CHALLENGED USERS NAVIGATION},
booktitle={Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 1: WEBIST,},
year={2007},
pages={189-196},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0001272401890196},
isbn={978-972-8865-77-1},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 1: WEBIST,
TI - HARNESSING THE WEB TECHNOLOGY TO ENRICH VISUALLY CHALLENGED USERS NAVIGATION
SN - 978-972-8865-77-1
AU - Francis H.
AU - Merabti M.
AU - Taleb Bendiab A.
PY - 2007
SP - 189
EP - 196
DO - 10.5220/0001272401890196