One aspect that Key2Access strongly emphasizes is the accessibility of traffic services to all members of our society. Most conventional traffic systems have push buttons for pedestrians to cue a change in the traffic lights however these push buttons often found on large posts are designed for the average citizen with a full range of mobility. The reality is that these push buttons can often be serious obstacles for those confined to mobility devices such as wheel chairs.
The button is not always at arms reach especially in winter months when snow banks can easily make crossing the street a daunting task. Key2Access targets this issue by offering those with impaired mobility an easy and simple method to facilitate a fundamental need: transportation. The user must simply point in the desired direction. The hand held device will also vibrate to confirm that the system has received the request.
Key2Access has also considered the obstacles that visually impaired pedestrians face. Conventional systems are dependent on visual cues. For the visually impaired not only is it difficult to ensure that the correct push button is selected for the desired direction, it is also challenging to know when a light changes. Although some intersections are equipped with sounding alerts for the visually impaired, these intersections are sparse and hard to distinguish on busy streets.
Key2Access targets all of these issues through its simple and innovative system. Visually impaired pedestrians will no longer have to struggle to determine which button corresponds to which direction, as they will simply point the hand held remote in the direction they wish to go.(Option) When the traffic cycle allows these pedestrians the right of way, they will not solely have to rely on the auditory signal, the device will vibrate continuously until it is no longer recommended for them to cross.
Key 2 Access may also be used to compliment an active lifestyle. Take, for instance, a runner who is looking to maintain a steady heart- rate throughout their workout, they will simply have to cue the intersection a couple moments prior to their arrival so that they will greatly reduce or, potentially, eliminate their waiting time. The same applies to those on bikes or roller blades who seek to avoid breaking. Key2Access can be useful for the elderly or parents with strollers.