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Town Of Essex Increases Accessibility Of Facilities

Thursday March 24th, 2022, 6:10pm


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The Town of Essex is increasing the accessibility of facilities through the implementation of the NaviLens wayfinding system.

The virtual App based service allows visually impaired individuals to hear key information and navigate their way through the facility with the use of a smartphone.

Visually impaired people have difficulty using traditional signage and therefore cannot be autonomous in unfamiliar environments. NaviLens codes can be scanned with a mobile device from up to 15 meters away, making it easier for individuals to know their location by simply moving their device around the space. Scanning the code activates audio prompts that serve as a virtual guide to help navigate the building.

Phase 1 of the NaviLens System is currently available at the entrance of following locations, providing information about the facility:

  • Essex Centre Sports Complex
  • Harrow and Colchester South Arena
  • Maedel Community Centre
  • McGregor Community Centre
  • Colchester Beach and Harbour
  • Essex Recreation Complex

“The NaviLens wayfinding system is a progressive feature that will provide an enhance experience for visitors with visual impairments. We are proud to introduce this new and innovative technology in the Town of Essex to create an equal opportunity for all,” said Richard Meloche, Mayor.

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