Accessibility for everyone, everywhere is a right for all people with reduced mobility.
The problem of accessibility and mobility in our cities is a major societal challenge. Urban planning has not been designed for citizens with reduced mobility.
Location of this challenge: France cities
According to the ECMT (European Conference of Ministers of Transport),
there are currently over 100 million people with disabilities in Europe,
including more than 37 million people with disabilities in the strict sense of
the term, with the remaining 63 million being composed of elderly or vulnerable
people, pregnant women, people with small children or cumbersome packages.
It should not be forgotten that at the world level the elderly represent about
600 million people. 1 out of 10 Europeans is disabled and 1 out of 4 Europeans
has a family member with a disability.
The French Equal Opportunities Act of 2005 forecasted that in 2015, 100% of the Establishments will be Public Access Establishments (PRAs). This is far from the case today, as only 30% of the PRAs are declared accessible for disabled people.
In addition to the inaccessible PRAs, obstacles on the road are abundant: a too narrow sidewalk, an unsuitable coating, sloping terrains, a boat that hasn’t a suitable access for disabled persons; as well as temporary obstacles, often linked to incivility, like cars or two-wheelers parked on the sidewalk, jobs without alternative or accessible path. For instance, Paris, the third most visited city in the world is 80% inaccessible.
Moving freely and autonomously in cities is therefore a problem for all people with reduced mobility, whose rights are not respected, facing isolation and no longer wanting to travel for fear of being blocked in an unknown inaccessible place
With the economic crisis and budget cuts, cities have increasingly tight budgets; moreover expenditures to improve accessibility are very important. It is therefore necessary to be able to compensate this economic scarcity with technological innovation to facilitate the daily life of millions of disabled people.
The challenges for the smart city are numerous. The city of tomorrow is organized around several axes: environmental issues and energy constraints, better collaboration between its citizens, local authorities and operators, the development of user-oriented economic models and the integration of digital technologies in the city.
The accessibility of the city center, its infrastructures, transport and its Public Access Establishments (PRAs) is a problem in direct connection with the societal considerations that the Smart City of tomorrow brings.
The association therefore combines the agility of a Start-up and the resources of its members to shorten the duration of the experiments and facilitate the placing on the market of products and services that flow from it. Very pragmatic, it capitalizes on a single project manager for each experiment, and capitalizes on the feedback of experiments in order to bring the concrete solutions, essential to the success of the project carried out by the entrepreneur / company.
The Association commits on to implementation of the necessary means to achieve these objectives and in particular by facilitating the execution of experiments in order to test the use of products and processes designed by solution providers, ensuring their evaluation by potential users.