The “Beacons” Project from TMB in collaboration with GMV is an example of ITS solutions for accessibility for people with visual disabilities. This project, initially deployed on buses, is applicable to high-density tram networks.
The project consists on the installation of BLE bluetooth beacons in each vehicle, which publish frames with a very high frequency, compatible with mobile devices, indicating the proximity of the bus to the stop and the different states (stopped or moving, doors open or closed, etc.). When a visually impaired person wants to get on a bus, using the TMB App on their mobile device they can choose the line and the destination. The application will inform by voice about the arrival time of the first bus at the stop and will also notify when the vehicle is detected approaching.