Everyday technology improving the lives of people with a disability

It is heartening to see more and more examples of everyday technology improving the lives of everyone in our community.

Image of a smart phone scanning a QR code to call a taxi.

“Talking Taxis – East Gippsland” assists passengers with calling a taxi using a QR code and their smart phone.

The common smartphone used with QR codes is one such technology. QR codes are a new type of barcode that can be scanned with a smartphone and it provides information. QR codes can often be found in advertisements to provide extra information or take you to the website of the product being advertised. This technology can do so much more. I would like to share a project “Talking Taxis- East Gippsland” in which QR codes are being installed in the city of Bairnsdale in East Gippsland, Victoria, to assist passengers in calling for a taxi. The passenger can use their smartphone, with any scanning app, to read a taxi QR code and a taxi is sent to their location.

The benefit of using to improve the general efficiency of taxi services and for economic advantage, it has huge advantages for people with disabilities to enable independence in calling for a taxi.

The “Talking Taxis – East Gippsland” project has been made possible through the partnership of the Gippsland Regional Communication Service, which is part of the state wide CAN network, the East Gippsland Shire Council, Local Taxi service provider Riviera Taxis and a local adult training and support service Noweyung Ltd.

For more information please contact Mel Newcomen [email protected]

By Mel Newcomen