City of Nettuno - Facilitating access for the disabled community

Published on 18-May-2010

Validated on 07 Feb 2014

"ACT! is a great example of how we can use technology to encourage our disabled citizens to make the most of our town and encourage disabled tourists to visit. It demonstrates how we are using technology to drive smarter management of the town." - Alessio Chiavetta, Mayor of Nettuno

Customer:
City of Nettuno (Comune di Nettuno)

Industry:
Government

Deployment country:
Italy

Solution:
C-Suite Framework, Smarter Planet

Smarter Planet:
Smarter Cities, Smarter Government

IBM Business Partner:
Neo Sesame

Overview

Nettuno is a town and municipality of the province of Rome in the Lazio region of central Italy, 60 kilometers south of Rome. A resort city and agricultural center on the Tyrrhenian Sea, it has a population of approximately 46,000. Nettuno has a touristic harbor hosting about 860 boats and a shopping center, selling everything for fishing and sailing.

Business need:
Built in the ninth century, the city of Nettuno presents many obstacles to access and mobility for disabled citizens and tourists who need to know which shops, offices, government buildings, restaurants and public transportation options are wheelchair-accessible. Until recently there was no centralized, up-to-date source for accessibility information disabled people could rely on to plan their itineraries.

Solution:
Nettuno developed an interactive service providing real-time accessibility information via a smartphone application. Named Accessibility City Tag (ACT!), the service enables users to download a free application that identifies which town buildings provide easy and safe access. The service locates the user via GPS capabilities in the user’s handset and streams data via Wi-Fi or 3G networks.

Benefits:
Links and integrates government and private data to provide a free service that benefits both the individual and the community; Employs streaming, wireless, Wi-Fi and GPS technology to build a system tailored to individuals with special needs; Collects data on the level of accessibility of buildings in town and translates it into useful information to be streamed immediately to users

Case Study

Nettuno is a town and municipality of the province of Rome in the Lazio region of central Italy, 60 kilometers south of Rome. A resort city and agricultural center on the Tyrrhenian Sea, it has a population of approximately 46,000. Nettuno has a touristic harbor hosting about 860 boats and a shopping center, selling everything for fishing and sailing.

The Need
Built in the ninth century, the city of Nettuno presents many obstacles to access and mobility for disabled citizens and tourists who need to know which shops, offices, government buildings, restaurants and public transportation options are wheelchair-accessible. Until recently there was no centralized, up-to-date source for accessibility information disabled people could rely on to plan their itineraries.

The Solution
Nettuno developed an interactive service providing real-time accessibility information via a smartphone application. Named Accessibility City Tag (ACT!), the service enables users to download a free application that identifies which town buildings provide easy and safe access. The service locates the user via GPS capabilities in the user’s handset and streams data via Wi-Fi or 3G networks.

What Makes it Smarter
- Links and integrates government and private data to provide a free service that benefits both the individual and the community
- Employs streaming, wireless, Wi-Fi and GPS technology to build a system tailored to individuals with special needs
- Collects data on the level of accessibility of buildings in town and translates it into useful information to be streamed immediately to users

For more information
Please contact your IBM sales representative or IBM Business Partner.
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ibm.com/government

Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Software:
DB2 Everyplace

Service:
GTS Integrated Technology Services, GTS ITS End User: Platform Integration & Deployment Services, GTS Workplace Services

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