Promoting Regular Physical Activity for Older Adults through "Wayfinding" Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 200-2014-M-60506
Agency Tracking Number: 200-2014-M-60506
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-08-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-02-24
Small Business Information
340 N 12th Street, STE 402, Philadelphia, PA, 19107-1100
DUNS: 93014574
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert  Cheetham
 (215) 701-7713
 cheetham@azavea.com
Business Contact
 Robert  Cheetham
Phone: (215) 701-7713
Email: cheetham@azavea.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Physical vulnerability, visual impairment, mobility limitations, and cognitive disorders can make selecting a safe & accessible walking route very challenging for many older adults. Familiar online mapping & wayfinding services can be helpful, but they do not answer important questions about the built environment that older & disabled adult face on a daily basis. What are the sidewalks like along each route? Are they smooth enough for a walker or wheelchair? do they extend the entire way? Are there curb ramps at every intersection? Is the neighborhood safe and well-lighted? Are there places to rest along the way? The proposed research will create transformative new wayfinding tools that will take barriers to mobility, comfort, and safety into the modeling process & automatically customize walking & multi-model transportation routes for each user based on individual needs, capabilities, & preferences. The "Neighborhood Navigator" will provide an optimal viewing experience on multiple platforms, including web browsers & mobile & tabled devices, with minimal resizing, scrolling, or panning needed by the user. An intuitive workflow & compelling visualizations will engage older adults in the wayfinding process & encourage healthy physical activity.

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