Usefulness and accessability
PTS also runs development and trial operations in order to improve existing services and develop new ones. The aim is to improve the potential of people with disabilities to communicate.
e-Adept: navigation support for the elderly and people with disabilities
e-Adept evaluates the capability of people with various types of disabilities to move about independently in unfamiliar surroundings, both indoors and outdoors. With the help of a GPS navigator and access to digital maps covering walkways, bicycle paths and park areas, this offers guidance and the possibility to place an emergency call to a service centre or 112 as needed.
The aim of the project Läsaren [Reader] is to give adults and children the opportunity to read with multiple senses. This is done by presenting the content with an optional combination of text, audio and images. In Läsaren, the text is highlighted at the same time as it is being read out. Läsaren can also display pictures if these are necessary to further improve the reading experience. The material must be produced according to the international Daisy standard. The Läsaren software can be used on computers, mobile phones and on televisions connected to the Internet. The project simply aims to provide users with a reading experience regardless of their situation and individual circumstances.
The technology that enables Läsaren to function is currently being tested in real-life situations. Some of the disability associations are working to adapt Läsaren to their target groups. It is also hoped that public authorities, municipal authorities and county councils will eventually start to use Läsaren.
Placing direct calls: flexible use of relay services
The Ring direkt trial operation evaluates more convenient solutions for optional text telephony and videotelephony relay services, and for Teletal during a call. The trial also evaluates how emergency calls to 112 can be supported by the various relay services and Teletal. The intention is that callers need not be aware of whether a relay service is necessary in order to place a certain type of call.
SMS 112: distress calls to emergency number 112 using text messages
Currently, people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment do not have the same opportunities as other groups in society to notify SOS Alarm by calling the emergency number 112. The SMS 112 trial evaluates how this group can utilise text messages in order to contact SOS Alarm in the event of an emergency.
Talking newspapers and talking books for mobile phones
PTS is supporting two different development projects that are testing the possibilities for users to receive talking newspapers and talking books directly on their mobile telephones or computers via digital dissemination. The transmission of media content will be streamed. This means that the material will be streamed at the same time as being transmitted over the Internet.
The projects are expected to be completed in March and May 2011 respectively.
Flexitext: accessible text telephony
The purpose of Flexitext is to assess the possibility to place textphone calls between mobile telephones, computers with access to the Internet and analogue textphones (V.21). The trial makes text telephony more accessible and reduces the need for analogue textphones.
Audio 4 all: tools for the distribution and navigation of audio information
The trial involves testing flexible tools for the distribution and navigation of audio information for the elderly and people with a reading disability. The trial encompasses a target group analysis and a pilot study. These tools are intended for use in various distribution channels; the trial mainly involves computers and mobile telephones, but also broadband television.