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World’s biggest braille and tactile network rolled out in Sydney

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Louisa Wright

13 Jul 2016

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A woman uses a tactile sign in Sydney.

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The world’s largest tactile street sign network has been launched in Sydney.

The $350,000 million rollout includes more than 2,100 tactile signs and spans the entire City of Sydney area of about 22 square kilometres. The tactile signs include both braille and raised lettering, and are located at every signalized pedestrian crossing.

The technology is based on the work of John Evernden, a former City of Sydney engineer specializing in disability access, who designed the first version of the braille network in the mid-1990s. That system was made of rubber and although a second [...]

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