ARIADNE is our innovative interactive map and remarkably clever. It not only features a tactile surface which can be read by touch, but also includes symbols and regions that trigger audio. ARIADNE works for those with good vision, but is also accessible to those who are visually impaired, bringing empowerment and inclusivity.
ARIADNE is unlike any other tactile map we have seen. It’s easy to maintain, low cost to update and uses the same tactile symbols wherever the map is installed, making then consistent from site to site. This is possible because it’s the audio that gives local site details
Additionally, the audio on ARIADNE is dynamically managed. The map talks to our servers allowing the audio data to be changed, making it possible to give real time information – anything from opening times, temporary closures with alternative arrangements, to live transport information such as bus, rail or other services.
There are many benefits of installing ARIADNE rather than a plain visual map or a traditional relief map. ARIADNE caters for the needs of all, providing dynamic real-time information for everybody. ARIADNE can help:
- provide useful information through audio: for example, live updates about public transport
- improve people flow in any public area: by providing clear, signage which is accessible to all.
- promote inclusivity: all parties including those with visual impairment have access to complete information including whether facilities are currently available
- offer retail opportunities: the map could be used to provide information inside a public space, theme parks or even a large store, with the audio providing latest news such as opening hours, special events or even special offers
- reducing total cost of ownership : short term changes are handled via the audio, where long term changes are required, the printed map surface can be replaced at relatively low cost
Running an outstretched finger over the surface of the map will trigger audio descriptions of points of interest. A further tap reveals additional content specific to the last icon triggered. Responses are configured for each map according to requirements: the area of the map can be split up into any number of preconfigured zones relating to features on the map, with different responses linked to each zone.
A key benefit is that because local information is provided by audio, the tactile symbol set can be consistent wherever the map is installed. You neither need Braille, nor even a key (although both can be provided). The audio, and design consistency, make learning the system far simpler than any alternative we know of – wherever a user finds an ARIADNE map, it will perform the same way with the same symbols meaning the same things, but with infinite flexibility in providing the subtle, and dynamic, differences, via audio.