ZBA Bluetooth Broadcaster can Increase The Accessibility Of Your facility

by Jeffrey Stark

January 16th, 2010

ZBA Bluetooth Media System


This device scans its surroundings and finds Bluetooth enabled devices. When it discovers a device it offers it 1 or more files. It uses the standard Bluetooth file sending protocol to send the file and thus no additional software is required on the device.

With the proliferation of mobile devices within the disability community that support Bluetooth file sending, such as:

  • Blackberries
  • Cell phones
  • Laptops
  • Notetakers
  • Communication aids

Thus, the ZBA broadcaster is a convenient way of temporarily or permanently providing information in an accessible format at a specific geographical location. The ZBA broadcaster requires no computer to operate; it can be installed in a location of choice and will operate continuously and independently without human intervention. It can be used as an easy way to provide electronic copies of material to people and provide that material in an accessible electronic format. With the proliferation of Bluetooth on all cell phones and mobile devices, this benefits everyone including people without disabilities.

Some possible uses for this device:


Service providers

  • Pamphlets, menus, directories, documents & other printed material could be provided in an accessible electronic format. I.e. a blind customer walks into a restaurant and gets offered the menu in a format they could read on their portable device or cell phone.

Public facilities

  • Directories that are usually only available in printed form at the entry of the building could be available to people who approach the directory for reference on their Bluetooth enabled device. This could be used to provide wayfaring information, safety or evacuation information, signage or other primarily printed material

Conference presenters

  • Booths or presenters often only have the printed versions of their information or pamphlets. The Bluetooth broadcaster could be used to provide the same information in multiple formats.

Future possibilities

Currently we are working with ZBA to add the possibility of introducing a catalog or directory of additional information that could be requested by passersby in order to request documents or additional information. This would greatly increase the capabilities and possibilities of using this device in more situations including enhancing its value as a way finding device.




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