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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2013.5.3 | Award Amount: 12.71M | Year: 2014

Over 2 billion people worldwide have different types, degrees, or combinations of disability, literacy, digital literacy or aging related barriers that impede or prevent use of ICT. Not long ago you could live without access to ICT quite well. However today access to ICT is required for most education, employment, and commerce, and is increasingly required for travel, health, safety, daily living and participation in most of our society. Yet we currently only reach 3 to 15% of these - in developed countries. We cannot socially, economically or politically afford to have this cumulatively large percentage of our society offline going forward. Yet there is no way to reach them with our current model.\n\nProposed is phase II of an effort to create a paradigm shift in eInclusion. Part I was the FP7 project Cloud4all for creating instant, ubiquitous auto-personalization of interfaces and materials based on user needs and preferences. Part II, Prosperity4all, focuses on developing the infrastructure to allow a new ecosystem to grow; one that is based on self-rewarding collaboration, that can reduce redundant development, lower costs, increase market reach and penetration internationally, and create the robust cross-platform spectrum of mainstream and assistive technology based access solutions required. This will be done through a process based on true value propositions for all stakeholders and resulting in a system that can profitably serve markets as small as one, at a personally and societally affordable cost. This infrastructure will use cloud, crowd, game and smart technologies, to bring new players with both low and high technical skills into the development and delivery ecosystem, introduce accessibility as a ubiquitous service, and combine auto-configured access features built into mainstream products with assistive technologies and services to create the rich milieu of options needed to bring this diverse population of populations into our digital future.

Gomez-Martinez E.,Technosite | Merseguer J.,University of Zaragoza
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2010

People with special needs may find difficulties using electronic consumer devices, user interfaces limit their chances of having full control on them. The Universal Remote Control (URC) is an ISO standard that promotes pluggable and interoperable user interfaces to remotely operate electronic devices. The Universal Control Hub (UCH) is the software architecture that materialises URC, and several implementations are currently available. However, users and developers wonder about UCH feasibility to respond to future needs regarding performance. In this paper, we conduct a study to analyze whether UCH can face multiple concurrent users. Serious problems are exposed at this regard in this paper, they may contribute to question a solution that initially and from the interoperability point of view was very-well suited. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-ITN | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2010-ITN | Award Amount: 3.72M | Year: 2011

The purpose of the proposed ITN is to explore options for EU disability law and policy reform in light of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2007). In particular, it will focus on the core rights of the individual, on expanding markets for European ICT business by making it more accessible to consumers with disabilities and on the need to find ways to embed a positive dynamic of reform throughout Europe.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2011.5.5 | Award Amount: 12.98M | Year: 2011

As we move inextricably into a digital economy there is a looming crisis for a growing number of increasingly marginalized individuals. The accessibility technologies we have are meeting the needs of only some, at high cost, and will not work with many new technologies. The path and pace of technological change predestines these approaches to fail in the very near future. At the same time the incidence of disabilities is increasing as our population ages.\nThe same technical advances however hold the potential for a radical paradigm shift in our approach to accessibility that can harness the pace of innovation and have it work for us rather than against us. An international consortium is forming to tap the unprecedented ability to pool resources and match demand with supply enabled by the Cloud to build a Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) that can deliver accessibility to every individual where they need it, when they need it and in a way that matches their unique requirements; automatically so that they do not need to negotiate, explain, qualify or justify.\nCloud4All represents a European based effort to advance the GPII concept by pulling together a large multi-sector international community including stakeholders, industry leaders and experts in emerging technologies to thoughtfully research, design, develop and test the key software infrastructure and pilot implementations needed to explore this promising approach to digital inclusion. Cloud4All will do this by:\n-Creating/refining user profiling standards and tools capable of capturing the individual needs and preferences of the full range of users facing interface barriers\n-Creating/refining interface and materials profiling standards and tools capable of characterizing the full range of ICT/materials users need to access and the different techniques and strategies for accessing them\n-Improving mechanisms to match users and with interfaces and materials they can use or techniques or services that can make them usable\n-Creating a mechanism to allow users to locate solutions from many different sources in a single search\n-Demonstrating automatic, on-demand, matching or modification of mainstream and specialized technologiesto match each individual as they encounter them, including proof-of-concept demonstrations of this approach across a spectrum of technologies including: Computer OSs and Browsers; Web pages/Apps; Mobiles; Kiosks/Info-Transaction Machines; Installed and Virtual Assistive Technologies; Digital Televisions and Smart Homes\n-Testing of the concept with users with a wide variety and combination of physical, sensory, cognitive, language, and learning disabilities\nIf successful, this approach may give us our first chance of reaching the large group of users that do not qualify for or otherwise have not been reached by special services, but nonetheless face barriers to access that prevent them from participating in our rapidly advancing digitally enabled society.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: AAT.2012.7-28. | Award Amount: 746.20K | Year: 2012

Freedom of movement is a right preserved under EU treaties and it is also aligned with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. However, regarding accessibility to air transport for disabled people and the elderly, these basic rights are currently not fully realized, thus creating social exclusion. ICARUS aims to identify, justify and prioritise research and analysis solutions with the greatest potential of improving universal access to air transport. It also strives to initiate change among the main players in the accessibility chain that fosters adoption of effective solutions. To achieve this objective, the ICARUS consortium unites organisations with the knowledge, expertise and network of contacts required to produce planned project outcomes, results and impacts. Moreover, ICARUS has a Stakeholders Network composed of key actors in the entire value chain of accessible air travel, providing information, feedback, and outcome dissemination. ICARUS work plan strategy is based on proven ex-ante evaluation methodologies. Firstly, ICARUS researchers identify the nature and scale of the problem, the involved process and activities, and the technologies and existing solutions. Afterwards, they analyze needs and preferences through the users, stakeholders and experts perspective; including real-life observations. Then, the gap between the current situation and the needs is assessed and a preliminary list of solution areas identified. Next, researchers define the R&D fields and innovative solutions that require further advancement, and best practices. Finally, a socio-economical analysis is conducted, providing recommendations following the principles of economy, cost-effectiveness, and European Added Value. ICARUS will contribute to initiate change in aircraft cabins and in activities and services to allow easier access to aircraft for all citizens, by providing insights on R&D areas that may alleviate the air transport access issue.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2007.7.2 | Award Amount: 12.58M | Year: 2008

The GIS project seeks to determine whether 3rd generation access techniques will provide a more accessible, more exploitable and deeply embeddable approach in mainstream ICT (desktop, rich Internet and mobile applications). We develop and explore this approach with the Open Accessibility Framework (OAF) through which we address aspects of the design, development and deployment of accessible mainstream ICT. The OAF provides embedded and built-in accessibility solutions, as well as toolkits for developers, for engraving accessibility in existing and emerging mass-market ICT-based products, thus making accessibility open, plug & play, personalised & configurable, realistic & applicable in various contexts; GIS is placing users and their needs at the centre of all ICT developments. Based on a holistic UCD, AEGIS identifies user needs and interaction models for several user groups, (users with visual, hearing, motion, speech and cognitive impairments as well as application developers) and develops open source-based generalised accessibility support into mainstream ICT devices/applications: A) desktop, B) W3C/WAI standards-abiding accessible rich web applications and C) embedded generalized accessibility in terms of user interfaces and applications running into standard (CDLC and CDC) as well as rich features cell phones and PDAs. All developments are iteratively tested with hundreds of end users, developers and experts in three phases and 4 Pilot sites Europewide (in Belgium, Spain, Sweden and UK). The project includes strong industrial and end users participation (the participating Industries are among the market leaders in the corresponding mainstream ICT markets). The project results uptake is promoted by strong standardization activities, as well as an Open Accessibility Everywhere Group (OAEG) that will live beyond the project lifetime, bringing together end users and developers in a stars rating system assessing accessibility and usability of mai

Murua A.,Vicomtech ik4 | Gonzalez I.,Iriscom Sistemas S.L. | Gomez-Martinez E.,Technosite
2011 Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, FedCSIS 2011 | Year: 2011

Cloud computing will play a large part in the ICT domain over the next 10 years or more. Many long-term aspects are still in an experimental stage, where the long-term impact on provisioning and usage is still unknown. While first attempts at this field focused on service provisioning for enterprises, cloud is reaching individuals nowadays. Our proposal is to go a step further and, based on the proven benefits of the Cloud, improve Internet and technology access for those people always left behind when any technological progress takes place. This paper presents the Cloud-based Assistive Technology Service delivering to individuals who face technology accessibility barriers due to ageing or disabilities. An example of how an Assistive Service is delivered to an individual in an easy and seamless way is given as a demonstration of how the future should be. This proof of concept has been developed within the INREDIS research project. © 2011 Polish Info Processing Soc.

Huffaker R.,Technosite
W4A 2014 - 11th Web for All Conference | Year: 2014

Drawing parallels between the mechanisms of legislation in the United States and the European Union that ensure the accessibility of technologies to people with disabilities throughout both regions, this paper examines various forms of laws and mandates and their respective ways of enforcement. Legislation examined are also reflected to the technology they affect and in this paper websites in particular are investigated. After looking at indicators such as the Measuring eAccessibility Study and the role of public procurement, this paper examines the state of eAccessibility in both regions to see what lessons can be brought forth to the European Union, with the coming of the new EU Accessibility Act. Copyright 2014 ACM.

The invention relates to a system and method of interaction between a user and an automatic teller machine (200) in which the control of the teller machine is transferred to a mobile device of the user, thus allowing the elimination of accessibility barriers present in conventional teller machines. The teller machine (200) comprises a web server (210) which provides the mobile device with web pages that allow it to interact with the teller machine from said device.

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