Thank you for visiting Sense of Direction. We are a Social Enterprise that was set up to provide the installation of an Accessible Indoor Navigation Solution for people who are blind/partially sighted; and to provide accessible solutions for written information via QR codes, accessible text, and audio recordings.
The profit we generate will be used for the benefit of people who are blind/partially sighted in Scotland, which is known as our "Community of Interest". Our aim is to create employment opportunities for people from our Community of Interest, as the employment rate among people who are blind/partially sighted is extremely low, and we want to change this.
Sight Loss in the UK
There are over 2 million people in the UK living with sight loss, which is around 1 in 30.
If you consider a daily commute to Edinburgh Waverley, which on average sees 70,000 passengers pass through every day then it suggests that approximately 2300 of these passengers would be living with sight loss. That is a lot of people.
This number is expected to rise alongside an ageing UK population, and an ever increasing number of people with health conditions such as diabetes and obesity that contribute to sight loss.
We are part of the solution for people with sight loss and help people to gain access to local and national communities through the use of accessible technology and purpose built apps for smart devices. We are part of the movement towards fully accessible towns and cities being the norm, not the exception.
The Indoor Navigation Solution we provide is known as a BlindSquare Beacon Positioning System, which uses the accessible application BlindSquare for Apple devices in combination with Bluetooth Low Energy Beacons, QR Codes, and a Customised Location Service. The system provides information about the internal layout of a building in situations where signage is not available, or inaccessible for people who are blind/partially sighted. This means they can find their way to a desired place more independently.
There is more information about the system on our Indoor Navigation (BPS) page as well as an explanation of BlindSquare on our BlindSquare page.
If you would like to discuss the installation of a system in your premises then please use the contact form at the bottom of this page.
Accessible formats are essential for people who are blind/partially sighted, and we are able to make you documents and information accessible. We provide large print; audio recording; and QR code links so that people can access the information in the way that suits their needs. If you are interested in this service and would like a quote then please use the contact form at the bottom of the page.
We do not provide Braille, but will provide information about Braille services if required.
The video gives information about the system that is installed at seescape in Fife.
If you would like to know more about the system, make a suggestion about where you would like us to install, or offer some feedback on your experience of BlindSquare BPS then please contact us using the contact form in this section. Alternatively call us using the number below, or email email@example.com
74 Park Road, Rosyth, Dunfermline, KY11 2JL, United Kingdom
Sense of Direction Enterprises CIC (Registered Company No. 620959)