Accessibility pilot project at St Clair West
In February 2018, the Toronto Transit Commission and the CNIB launched a community accessibility pilot at St. Clair station in Toronto to improve wayfinding for those with vision loss. BAI’s in-station connectivity supports the associated mobile app that delivers verbal descriptions of the station to users. The program empowers those who are visually impaired to navigate transit in ways that weren’t previously possible.
Keeping our communities on air
Australia is a harsh country so when it comes to times of trouble, everyone pitches in.
During the summer of 2013, Broadcast Australia supported our customers with 365 separate Emergency Site Warning Level Status changes – a staggering 253 for fire.
In many cases our communities rallied to protect critical infrastructure that helps not only them but also everyone around them.
In the devastating blazes that affected Coonabarabran, NSW in February 2013, the Rural Fire Service worked long and hard to protect the Broadcast Australia site at Mt Cenn Cruaich. In acknowledgement and thanks, Broadcast Australia made donations to the Rural Fire Service (RFS) and other supporting agencies, as well as to the Mayor’s rebuilding fund.
In January 2014, firefighters from the Country Fire Service (CFS) spent over a month battling a fire front near Port Pirie in South Australia.
This fire had the potential to devastate critical Broadcast Australia infrastructure that transmits vital broadcasts for ABC and SBS. Brigades worked for days to save it, and were rewarded when Chief Operating Officer Peter Lambourne personally presented the CFS with a donation. It is no easy task to rebuild a site like the one threatened, so we were doubly grateful to the brigades.
A library of content whilst commuting
In June 2017, The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Transit Wireless and three New York library systems – The New York Public Library, The Brooklyn Public Library and The Queens Library – launched ‘Subway Library,’ a special, six-week long joint promotion providing customers with access to hundreds of free e-books, e-shorts, as well as extensive excerpts from full-length books, to enjoy during their summer commute. The ‘Subway Library’ celebrated the installation of free wireless connectivity in all underground subway stations.
MTA customers in underground subway stations could connect to the free TransitWirelessWiFi™ to start reading.
Encouraging innovative app development
Transit Wireless joined with the MTA, AT&T, NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) and ChallengePost to launch APP Quest 3.0, the third annual challenge to generate the best transportation-related apps for New Yorkers using MTA data. App developers competed for USD50,000 in prize money contributed by AT&T.
For the competition, Transit Wireless deployed Bluetooth Beacon Technology in Grand Central – 42nd Street station. This allowed technology developers to create beacon enabled apps that could provide specific train location information to passengers.