/R E P E A T -- Video B-Roll Available Via CNW - There's An App For That:
Canadian Technology Assists Paris Metro Passengers With Special Needs/

Mobile Transit Companion Application Developed in Ryerson University's Digital Media Zone Launches in Paris

TORONTO, June 8 /CNW/ - The following B-Roll is available by Video On-Demand web download:

STORY SUMMARY: Paris Metro passengers have a new way to navigate the transit system in the palm of their hand. Developed expressly to assist passengers with special needs, the Mobile Transit Companion, a made-in-Canada mobile application, uses context-aware self-adaptive computing to deliver live, customized data to passengers en route. The inclusive application, complete with useful information for all passengers, was created through a partnership between Ryerson University's Digital Media Zone (DMZ) and Sweden's Appear Networks.

Parisien commuters can now receive notifications based on their current location and preferences such as: station elevator directions and Metro transfer points; facilities and nearby businesses; updated schedules for connecting trains; and available services. For Blind and Low-Vision passengers, the Mobile Transit Companion uses a speech-enabled, gesture-driven user interface. For other user groups, including the elderly, Deaf or hard of hearing, or passengers with reduced mobility, the application offers an intuitive and easy-to-use visual interface.

    
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    1. B-roll
    -  Mobile Travel Companion
    -  monitoring interface
    -  Paris Metro
    -  Paris b-roll

    2. Interview
    Hossein Rahnama
    Postdoctoral student
    Ryerson University

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    DATE OF POSTING:      June 8, 2010

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