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Collective Awareness Platforms for Improving Accessibility in European Cities  Regions

Collective Awareness Platforms for Improving Accessibility in European Cities Regions

Objective

The objective of CAP4Access is to develop and pilot-test methods and tools for collectively gathering and sharing spatial information for improving accessibility. The aim is to exploit the power of online maps and mobile devices for fostering awareness of barriers for individuals with limited mobility and for removing such barriers. CAP4Access helps integrating disabled communities into society (social sustainability), saving public resources e.g. by helping municipalities to focus expenditures (economic sustainability) and also saving natural resources e.g. by facilitating public transport use (ecological sustainability). The project will develop tools and methods for (a) tagging, describing and discussing locations and routes within the built environment according to their accessibility; (b) visualising the data in ways which are intuitive and highly attractive; (c) route planning and navigation; (d) creating awareness and preparing effective measures at local level for eliminating barriers. Data sources will include "citizen humans as sensors", sensors in smartphones, and Public Sector Information, e.g. data held by local administrations and of relevance to accessibility (e.g. road surface and width, traffic volumes and speed, elevation, road works). Target groups include people requiring enhanced accessibility; grassroots initiatives supporting people with disabilities; policy-makers, planners and service providers with responsibility for the built environment; and the general public. Rather than setting up a new platform, the tools to be developed will be pilot-tested on established platforms including Wheelmap, WheelchairRouting, and the OSM. This will guarantee that the project's achievements will be fully utilised and maintained beyond the project (3 years). The CAP4Access team consists of an outstanding group of project managers and social researchers, technical researchers, social innovators, and cities, with well-established links to the target groups.

Coordinator

EMPIRICA GESELLSCHAFT FUR KOMMUNIKATIONS UND TECHNOLOGIEFORSCHUNG MBH

Address

Oxfordstrasse 2
53111 Bonn

Germany

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 316 601

Administrative Contact

Simon Robinson (Mr.)

Participants (9)

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ZENTRUM FUER SOZIALE INNOVATION

Austria

ZENTRUM FUR SOZIALE INNOVATION GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 224 963

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 403 079

RUPRECHT-KARLS-UNIVERSITAET HEIDELBERG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 363 118

SOZIALHELDEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 395 200

AYUNTAMIENTO DE ELCHE

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 75 600

UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 147 320

MAPPING FOR CHANGE CIC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 252 600

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 38 508

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 612096

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2014

  • End date

    31 December 2016

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 789 026

  • EU contribution

    € 2 216 989

Coordinated by:

EMPIRICA GESELLSCHAFT FUR KOMMUNIKATIONS UND TECHNOLOGIEFORSCHUNG MBH

Germany