Other network improvements
Continuing with its commitment to making the entire Barcelona transport network accessible, TMB is developing a project to improve independence for the blind and partially sighted.
Along with the Vodafone Spain Foundation, the ONCE Foundation, the TMB Foundation and in collaboration with the Mobile World Capital Barcelona Foundation, it is fostering two pilot schemes with a mobile app and radio frequency beacons that guide blind passengers wishing to board metros and buses.
In the metro, beacons interact with an app on users’ smartphones to guide them safely between the station entrance and the train.
At bus stops, users automatically get identification of the buses stopping there, with the bus number and destination, so that they can decide whether to board or not. At the same time, the driver is alerted that a blind or partially-sighted person is at the stop.
These devices have already been tested in real environments in Diagonal metro station and at a bus stop in the Zona Franca district of Barcelona.
This project is part of TMB’s Universal Accessibility Master Plan, thanks to which measures have been introduced to facilitate mobility for the blind and partially sighted. In regard to the metro, tactile metro maps and a Braille metro guide have been available since 2012.
On buses and the Barcelona Bus Turístic, there are visual and auditory stop warnings and devices with information for the blind outside.
For more information on accessibility in the bus and metro networks, go to “Accessibility and reduced mobility”.
In August 2014 TMB joined the "Barcelona, heart safe city" programme promoted by Associació Barcelona Salut and the Brugada Foundation, with the collaboration of Catalan Ministry of Health, Barcelona City Council, the SEM and the Pharmacies Association, and sponsored by FIATC Assegurances and Philips.
As the result of an agreement, semi-automatic defibrillators are being installed in metro stations, starting on line 1, the busiest. The aim is to ensure cardioprotection in all metro stations, a first in Europe.
The defibrillators are in clearly marked transparent boxes, in the middle of the platform, next to the intercom. They are simple appliances and can be used by anyone, even without medical training. If you suspect that a passenger is having a cardiac arrest, you should first press the SOS button on the intercom next to the box with the defibrillator in. This enables Metro Control Centre staff to notify the emergency services so that they can come to the station. The next step is to remove the defibrillator from the box and follow the instructions. The device monitors the patient's status and applies an electric shock to re-establish heart rhythm.
Heart disease causes 30% of all deaths worldwide and constitute a major public health problem, affecting people of all ages and status. Aside from prevention and publicising a health lifestyle, one effective way to keep the death rate in check is to supply defibrillators to be used within 10 minutes of a cardiac episode, which are crucial.