We design and develop a service framework in which existing outdoor navigation services can be easily “plugged in”; provide a favourable environment for urban mobility management of blind and visually impaired people by building a mobility framework to facilitate a more viable and dynamic interaction between the different members of the urban transport ecosystem, such as the regular and visually impaired travellers. The framework will leverage both the information coming from legacy ITS (e.g. public transport) and crowd-based mobility services. In fact the involvement of the crowd (besides personal assistance, providing information/help), will be also useful in building and maintaining the “Infostructure” (i.e., information about the infrastructure) required for indoor navigation and mobility assistance. Trial sites will be placed in Hungary (Infoalap) and Austria (HGB) covering up to 100 end-users representing different aged-geographical-socio-economic groups that will be selected based on previously established criteria.


Our goal is to support blind and visually impaired people in challenging tasks like participating in urban mobility, providing a simple, effective and affordable door to door navigation and mobility assistance solution. We also target when blind person plans a journey which includes travelling through unfamiliar indoor environments (subway systems) or visiting complex buildings (shopping mall, business centre). The envisioned service is also suitable for companies, offices (local government) where blind people can work or just turn-out, by helping to integrate them in an open community.

Expected results and impact

  • enhanced self-management and enhancing autonomy;
  • improved quality of life for older adults and their carers;
  • informal carers continue working and participating in society whilst caring for relatives;
  • encourage prevention and support to improve the well-being of older people;
  • sustained health outcomes to regain independent lifestyles of older adults;
  • improved efficiency of service delivery by new solutions; quality of service remains the same or improves.


Partners involved in the VUK project

Organization Type Country Website
Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research R&D Hungary
Budapest University of Technology and Economics R&D Hungary
IT Foundation for the Visually Impaired End User Hungary
Transdanubia Nikolai GesmbH SME Austria
Instituto Universario de Lisboa R&D Portugal
INOVAMAIS – Servicos de Consultaoria em Inovacao Tecnologica S.A SME Portugal
HI Iberia: HI-IBERIA Ingeniería y Proyectos SL SME Spain
Erlang Solutions SME United Kingdom
Hilfsgemeinschaft der Blinden und Sehschwachen Österreich End User Austria
  • Project name: Visionless sUpporting framework – VUK
  • Website:
  • Coordinator: Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research (BZN)
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Starting Date: 01.01.2016
  • Total budget: € 2.263.323,00
  • Public contribution: € 1.558.141,00


Dénes Perényi


T.: +36 46 560 131

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