As part of the meetings organized by the Municipality of Trieste on the occasion of the European Mobility Week, a conference was held yesterday by the name of “LETIsmart: microelectronics solutions to enhance urban mobility for blind people” led by the project’s creator Marino Attini, who is also president of the Trieste section of the Italian Union for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The meeting took place in the Tergeste room, packed with people, with a clear and interesting exposition of this innovative and advanced technological solution called LETIsmart, designed by Attini and produced by SCEN srl, a Trieste-based microelectronics company that designed it as an ethical project. After four years of development work, it has been installed in Trieste’s urban area. Trieste is the first city to adopt it on public transport, which by October will all be equipped with this technology, and the municipality of Trieste, which thanks to the contribution of the Lions club, will install the necessary devices on the territory .
It is a network of radio beacons that communicate audio information to the blind person through the white stick’s speaker placed on the handle of the stick. Moreover, as first solution of its kind, the blind person can interact by activating acoustic signals from the stick which allow him to reach the destination point which can be a public transport, a shop or the sound light button.
The great development is a collaboration with a world leader in the production of traffic lights that has integrated the LETIsmart technology in its devices. For the first time, it allows the blind person to activate the sound signal of traffic lights directly with his stick without having to look for the traffic light pole. This is a very important and much appreciated solution.
For more info about LETIsmart please have a look at the pertaining page on this website.
The following important guests were attending the event: the council member for Urban Planning of Trieste, Luisa Polli, the president of the city council Francesco Panteca, the communications manager of Trieste Trasporti, Michele Scozzai, the Lions representative Ugo Lupattelli, ANIOMAP national council member Francesco De Domenico and SCEN president Diego Bertocchi.