For those who are pregnant, elderly or have limited mobility Jaccede.com (literally “I access”) has launched an iTunes application, “Jaccede mobile”. In fact, you do not have to be any of these. You could be riding on the bus and wonder where the nearest boulangerie or grocery store is located. Jaccede’s Web page with application download QR codes. Jaccede is now available in English.
I enjoyed giving this application a small test. Whether you have a handicap or not, the map’s symbols on the streets (with names) let you know where your present position is. Then you can follow the streets to where you want to go.
The geolocation system is not installed at all commercial locations. (stores, hotels, restaurants, etc.).
For those with a handicap, this application makes it possible to leave your home or hotel without preparing your route ahead of time.
Turn on your iPhone and those places that are accessible will show up. The information tells you how many steps and their height, if the toilets are accessible, if the sidewalk is is sufficiently large or if handicap parking is available.
All of this information is in French. If you cannot read the French, follow the symbols.
The first map that appears on your phone will have the phrase “À proximité”, which means nearby. Marche means step.
Currently, the application is only available on the iPhone but will be available for other smartphones shortly. The application uses the ERP (établissements recevant du public-establishments receiving the public) geolocation service.
It is a free application and I will be interested in knowing if any readers have the opportunity to use it. Please let me know your impressions.
If you are looking for a hotel or restaurants and bar that are accessible, for example, they will have the latest information. If you have questions about limited mobility in Paris or France, write to them.
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