Making Smart Cities Inclusive
Smart Cities incorporate information and communication technologies to improve the quality of government services and citizen welfare. A critical component to the success of Smart Cities is inclusivity, meaning that they provide affordable, accessible and equal opportunities while avoiding marginalization, discrimination and exclusion. Our team worked with Microsoft and local stakeholders to make Smart Cities like Boston more inclusive. Previewing travel can be a key tool in anticipating navigation, yet there are few tools that enable this for persons with blindness or visual impairments. Microsoft's Cognitive Services enables the conversion of large amounts of information, such as StreetSide images, into a more accessible format. We built a prototype software solution that enables our users to virtually explore Boston, get a sense of the local landscape, and prepare themselves for their journey.
Lynn Andrea Stein