Tac-Grid

Tac-Grid are an innovative manufacturer of tactile solutions for visually impaired members of society. With over 20 years in the industry, the directors of Tac-Grid (in combination with our partner organisations) have developed the most technologically advanced tactile solution on the market.

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Tac-Grid Tactile Systems

The innovative Tactile Solution

Tac-Grid tactile systems use patented and design registered technology to create tactile surfaces where required with embedded technology to alert visually impaired people walking on them as to hazards or provide them with useful information.

When used in conjunction with a Smart-Cane or Smart-Shoe the world becomes a different place for them and systems are being developed that will be provide information to them such as public transport approaching, when electric vehicles which they can’t see or hear are approaching, when it is safe to cross pelican crossings, which shops they are passing and what goods/produce is on shelves in supermarkets and shops.

Tac-Grid aims to provide the national and international infra-structures in place where tactiles are currently being used to enhance the lives of visually impaired people at no extra cost to the conventional inadequate systems that are currently being used.

Pelican Crossing

A visually impaired person walking along a pavement where there is a pelican crossing will hear a message via a Bluetooth earbud stating ‘A pelican crossing is on your right’ or ‘A pelican crossing is on your left’ If they then turn towards the crossing and approach it they will then hear a message ‘Stop kerb edge’ warning them that they are at the kerb.

Once it is safe to cross they are then able to cross to the other side of the road, or island in the road where they will again hear information or warning messages.

Bus and Coach Travel

A visually impaired person walking along a pavement where there is a bus stop will hear a message via a Bluetooth earbud stating ‘A bus stop is on your right’ or ‘A bus stop is on your left’ If they then turn towards the bus stop and approach it they will then hear a message ‘Door opening position is here’ or words to that effect informing them that they are in the correct place to stand for the doors.

The same system can be used to address

  • Identifying the stop at which to board
  • Identifying the correct departure platform at interchanges/bus stations
  • Accessing timetabled information at stops
  • Routes and service numbers of services serving this stop
  • Estimated arrival time and destination of the next scheduled service to arrive at the stop
  • Knowing when the bus/coach has arrived at the stop (especially when it is a hybrid/electric vehicle)
  • Locating the door to enter
  • Difficulties in locating and paying fares and obtaining tickets
  • Transferring between services at interchanges/stations
Railway Platforms

A visually impaired person walking along a railway platform and straying too close to the platform edge will hear a message via a Bluetooth earbud stating ‘beware you are close to the platform edge’ or when walking along the platform safely may get a message ‘toilets are on your left’ If they then turn towards the toilets and approach them they will then hear a message ‘ladies toilets are on the left, gents toilets are on the right’ or words to that effect informing them when entrance to use.

The same system can be used to address

  • Finding the station entrance
  • Locating the ticket/assistance point
  • Problems with unstaffed stations
  • Identifying the correct/appropriate platform
  • Locating and opening the train carriage doors from the outside in order to board
  • Manoeuvring through and safely exiting unfamiliar transport infrastructures
  • Accessing and following instructions and directions, in the event of an emergency evacuation.

Problems Blind People Experience

This video has been produced to highlight the issues faced by blind people when faced with what would seemingly be something taken for granted by sighted people which is merely walking along a street.

The man is using a standard cane which although functional has many limitations which Tac-Grid systems and SmartCane are able to overcome.

He states that walking with a cane and bashing into objects for him is normal. Our systems can help make those problems a thing of the past.

Tac-Grid uses are limitless

Tac-Grid has limitless uses with the ‘Tac-Sens’ sensors being able to be used not only with the tactile flooring externally but also internally under carpets, lino floors, in their homes, supermarkets, fast food outlets and even on shelving to assist visually impaired people live enhanced lives.

Tac-Grid Tactile Systems Provide

Information and Instructions

When used in conjunction with SmartCane, SmartShoe and other enabled devices the Tac-Grid system is able to give audible commands to users via a Bluetooth earbud or wired earphone informing them what the tactile floor they are on is for, or what location they are at or even whether a crossing is temporarily out of use.

Enhanced Living

Tac-Grid systems enhance the lives of visually impaired people by giving them audible commands relating to their surroundings via a variety of sensors incorporated into the systems. They can be alerted to objects that may pose a hazard and can be told what the object is so they are aware of the hazard. The systems will inform users of safe crossing areas and can provide invisible corridors down which they can walk safely without the risk of danger. The systems can inform them when and what public transport is approaching and also notify them when electric cars which can’t be seen are approaching them. Effectively the systems become their eyes which used in conjunction with their ears can give them a sense of normality and help protect them from dangers that exist in public areas.

Patented Tech

The Tac-Grid systems have multiple patents and design registrations awarded due to their innovative designs and technologies.

At Tac-Grid we are constantly developing new innovations and ideas that will not only assist visually impaired people to live enhanced lives, but for others with disabilities as well.

Support for Charities

At Tac-Grid we believe in supporting those who need it and have committed to giving a percentage of company profits to disability charities so that they can support those people who most need it. Not only are Tac-Grid systems more competitively priced than alternative products, profits are fed back to vulnerable members of society. It is therefore imperative that we are supported in providing innovative solutions into the public arena to enhance and help support the lives of others.

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