That’s why creating a forward-thinking way to empower accessibility through TOMI was a great challenge that we embraced happily. Our commitment was to bring all of TOMI’s benefits and features to all citizens, regardless of their physical or cognitive condition.
With the ‘Design for All’ concept in mind, we started to envision an accessible platform for all users, making the experience better for everyone who uses TOMI. For people with disabilities, is a daily problem not being able to access information or services as anyone else.
TOMI is now linking even more people to the city while making cities more accessible: from curated information, means to get around in the city, to smart services such as taking tickets for public entities, everyone has the same opportunity to interact.
We have made several tests with different people to improve our solutions, in order to provide an interaction adapted to their needs. We worked with different associations and every day we started to understand much better that this was not only just important but really essential.
In fact, this is a topic that will become more and more important over the years, because the population is aging very quickly and the life expectancy is increasing. With age comes a higher level of impairment, ill-health or disabilities and it’s essential to enable independence, assure more autonomy for people with disabilities and take action to promote equity in the cities. Accessibility is crucial in smart cities.
Accessibility in urban solutions is not only possible but indispensable and we’ll continue to research, develop and implement new ways to promote inclusion. This is another big step to a more connected city.
José Agostinho, TOMI WORLD CEO