Volunteers map accessible locations in Rio de Janeiro

May 24, 2018
Data is recorded in app designed for people with disabilities
Nissan is recognized throughout the world for providing mobility solutions and technologies. In line with the company’s commitment, it recently entered into a partnership, through the Nissan Institute, with the Biomob project, which has developed a smartphone app to offer information on accessibility to people with disabilities and impaired mobility.
The first activity in this partnership took place yesterday, when Nissan Institute and L’Oréal volunteers mapped accessible spaces around Píer Mauá in Rio de Janeiro’s port district.
Starting from Avenida Barão de Tefé, the volunteers visited the region’s main commercial and public establishments, handing out accessibility stickers to facilities able to receive people with disabilities. The analysis took into consideration items such as sidewalk conditions, vehicle access, the existence of a ramp or elevator, internal circulation space, signs and adapted restrooms. Places that did not meet the requirements were given a leaflet offering information on how to adapt spaces to cater to disabled people.
All the information collected on the day was inputted in real time by the volunteers into the Biomob app, which was created with the mission of facilitating the lives of people with disabilities.
“Mobility lies in Nissan’s DNA and we want to help make it a reality for everyone. The Biomob app is an intelligent solution that promotes freedom and self-esteem for people with disabilities. We are delighted to be contributing to this project,” says Rosane Santos, Nissan’s social responsibility manager.
To gain the perspective of a wheelchair user, the team featured multiple Paralympic champion Clodoaldo Silva. The athlete is one of the mentors of Team Nissan 2.0, a program that aims to support the professional and personal growth of 11 Brazilian athletes, including six Paralympic athletes.
The visit ended up at the Museum of Tomorrow, at Praça Mauá, where the Fifth Biomob Brazilian Accessibility Forum was held. The event’s speakers included Rosane Santos and Clodoaldo Silva.
Later this year, the Nissan Institute and Biomob have planned a series of similar mapping activities featuring volunteers in several Brazilian cities, including São Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Curitiba.
Biomob seeks to improve people’s quality of life by improving urban mobility. The project has created a methodology to map and evaluate the physical and behavioral accessibility of public and private locations.
The Biomob team evaluates spaces in accordance with prevailing laws and Brazilian Technical Standards Association (ABNT) Standard NBR 9050. The information collected feeds a large database that can be accessed for free on the Biomob website and app (for iOS and Android). The project is interactive and collaborative. Users themselves can perform and share their own evaluations and let the owners of establishments request guidance on how to improve accessibility in their spaces.