BlindSquare is a self-voicing app for iOS that provides verbal information on a user’s location and surroundings. At Toronto Pearson, navigation through BlindSquare is made possible by Smart Beacons (low energy Bluetooth devices) marking routes for all departures. The beacons are placed along a path of travel from curb to gate.
How it works
Each Smart Beacon broadcasts customized messages that can be received by smartphones, providing passengers with information on their location and points of interest along the way, including the location of check-in, security screening, washrooms, coffee options and pet relief areas).
As soon as you enter the range of a Smart Beacon, you will hear information about your surroundings. When it is active while no Smart Beacon is in reach, a sequence of three beeps will be played in decreasing volume. As soon as a Smart Beacon appears in your range, BlindSquare will play faster beeps in a lower pitch. The closer the Smart Beacon is to you, the faster the beeps will be played.
To use BlindSquare for free as passengers of Toronto Pearson, simply download the BlindSquare Event app in the Apple App store and ensure that the Bluetooth setting on your phone is turned on. The information will automatically populate when you are on site at the airport and in range of a beacon. Regular data charges may apply.
Need more info about the app?
You can go to the BlindSquare website.
For specific questions or comments about the customized beacon installation, passengers can contact the CNIB contact centre.