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Text-To-Speech-Embedded module aims to facilitate access to public transport for people with disabilities

DESTI-SMART project partners (source:

City: Bremen
Audience: Medium-sized City
Topic: Transport for people with reduced mobility
Step in the SUMP cycle: Step 1: Set up working structures

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Activity description

Passenger information at bus stops is usually provided via digital display panels with real-time information on site. Since 2017, the Text-To-Speech-Embedded module has been installed at 73 bus stops in Bremerhaven to facilitate access to public transport for people with disabilities (visually impaired, wheelchair users, etc.) in everyday life, thus ensuring easier access and comfort for all. This was done within DESTI-SMART project. This facility is particularly useful for visitors. In 2017, the Swedish manufacturer’s innovative passenger information systems were installed for the first time. The battery-operated system can be installed easily at every stop without the need for construction work at the stops. In addition, the Swedish product also offers a voice announcement on request. For this purpose, a button is attached at a height of a good 90 cm, which displays the service in Braille, thus facilitating barrier-free access for passengers (accessibility). However, passengers can also obtain further information via the Internet, Google App or QR codes as standard.

Lessons learned

The task and goal is that all people are able to lead a self-determined life. To this end, it is essential that people with disabilities also have access to public areas, including in holiday areas. To this end, it is necessary to break down existing barriers and make innovations accessible to everyone. Bremerhaven would like to make access possible for all people and, as a barrier-free city, make access possible for all people.