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10th European e-Accessibility Forum
e-Accessibility in a connected world

30 May 2016, 9am-6pm
Cité des sciences et de l'industrie, Paris

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Panel discussion: The Internet of Things and e-Accessibility - how will things look in 5 years’ time?

Chair: Alex BERNIER (Paris)

Speaker's information

photo Alex Bernier

Alex Bernier est ingénieur en informatique de l'Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA) de Rennes. Il a travaillé sur divers projets liés aux livres et aux bibliothèques numériques. Il est notamment responsable de la Bibliothèque Numérique Francophone Accessible (BNFA) et d'un projet de recherche et développement visant à améliorer l'accessibilité des documents scientifiques et techniques pour les personnes déficientes visuelles.



In the final session a selection of speakers were invited to imagine how the Internet of Things might look in 5 years’ time. A number of technical challenges were discussed, including ill-adapted electronic sensors, connectivity blackspots, limited battery life for connected devices and communication protocols that are ill-suited to this technology. It was felt, however, that new developments will improve the performance of IoT solutions, with advances in smart surfaces, nanotechnology, and user profiling introducing new possibilities for people with disabilities.

Given the harsh competition, the reality is that manufacturers are tripping over themselves to launch new IoT products on the market as soon as they can and often only consider accessibility, if at all, as an afterthought. It was agreed that designing inclusive (as opposed to universal) solutions out of the box is very much to everyone’s advantage as it will improve the overall take up of these products.

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