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Accessibility in the City — New York City

This pilot has ended — we hope you had a chance to try it. The demo video is still available. If you'd like to discuss a similar application for your city, please email

If you can answer 'true' to any of these statements:

...Then check out this new accessible pilot mobile travel application: Access My N.Y.C. IBM Accessibility is launching the pilot of this first-of-a-kind mobile prototype application for a limited time in New York City.

Designed to help IBM and municipal leaders better define requirements for more inclusive Smarter Cities, Access My N.Y.C. brings together geo-location and mapping technologies, transportation data, and publicly available accessibility information to help N.Y.C. residents and visitors:

Because it's browser-based and accessed via Web link, there's no need to download anything to begin using Access My N.Y.C. You can access it for free on your iPhone®, Android™ phone, tablet device, desktop computer, or laptop computer during the pilot period. It's easy to use and you can also watch the demonstration video on YouTube.

The AccessMyNYC is an example of the kinds of accessible transportation and points of interest application described in the Report on Data-Enabled Travel. This important report – edited by IBM and with contributions from community representatives, government agencies and leading technology companies – describes how geo-data can support inclusive transportation, tourism, and navigation through communities.

Check out Access My N.Y.C. for yourself. If you're not a local New Yorker, you can see how many miles it is from your house in Cleveland to the New York Aquarium. Share it with your colleagues, friends and family who might benefit from this type of application, including parents with young kids who use strollers, travelers with luggage, and anyone who would like routing suggestions based their individual ability needs. And, use the built-in Feedback button to let our developers know what you think.

One of the accessible points of interest highlighted on AccessMyNYC is the IBM THINK exhibit at Lincoln Center in New York. The THINK exhibit runs from September 23rd through October 23rd and is designed to commemorate IBM's Centennial through a unique, interactive experience. You can find out all there is to know about the exhibit, An Exploration into Making the World Work Better, at the THINK exhibit web site.

Inside the exhibit itself, you'll find cutting-edge smart captioning handheld devices, developed by WGBH/NCAM. iPod touch® devices will be available to provide synchronized captions of the exhibit audio content. Captions are available in eight languages: English, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Portuguese, and Mandarin. The devices are available at the reception desk.

iPod Touches with synchronized caption in Italian.
iPod Touches with synchronized caption in Italian.

"This has been an exciting milestone project to work on with IBM - a great opportunity to roll out one of our innovations in a high-profile exhibit with a great team", said Larry Goldberg, Director, Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH (NCAM). "We're honored to be able to showcase Media Access Mobile for the first time as IBM celebrates its 100th anniversary in a most inclusive way."

Whether or not you visit the exhibit, we invite you to tweet your thoughts and ideas with the hashtag #IBM100. The THINK exhibit site displays the tweets real-time.

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