Working to make a more accessible world
Imagine that all the devices you use during the day could automatically adapt to your needs and preferences, this is what Cloud4all (C4A) is about.
Cloud4all is a GPII project funded by the European Commission (FP7) that started on October 2011 and will be ending October ’15. The Cloud4all consortium brings together 24 Partners and 3 Collaborators from 9 European Countries plus Canada and USA. The project is led by Ilunion and coordinated by Raising the Floor.
Among the platforms that the project has addressed with fully functional demonstrators and proven that it is possible to enable their auto-configuration based on users’ needs and preferences are: Windows platform, Linux platform, Android mobile platform, Java mobile platform, Digital TV, Pixelsense platform, and Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) platform. Moreover, the partners have developed demonstrators that automatically adjust based on user needs and preferences for two different browsers: Firefox and Google Chrome. Demonstrators also exist for smart home simulation applications, as well as various assistive technologies such as Supernova, Mobile Accessibility, eCtouch/eCmobile, Read and Write Gold, Maavis, and several more.
- The Google Chrome extension. Once installed, the browser extensions is presented as an icon in the toolbar of the browser, and can be accessed by any user at the moment. When users click on the extension icon, a pop up will launch, providing users with the option to insert their KeyToken in a text field or to create a new account (redirecting to the online preference management tools developed within Cloud4all). If the user enters a valid GPII KeyToken, the adaptations will apply to all web pages, and the pop-up will show a form that will allow users to fine-tune the settings changed and to key out.
- Maavis is a software developed by Opendirective that provides greatly simplified access to media, communications, web and programs on a computer. Maavis is Cloud4all-compatible, which means that it is able to retrieve the needs and preferences of Cloud4all users and adapt its User Interface depending on the user’s needs and preferences. The following video introduces Maavis and shows how its user interface adapts to the needs and preferences of two different users.
Cloud4all’s “stakeholders” include a wide range of players targeted during the project.
- Industry organizations and service providers (AT industry, ICT mainstream industry, technology-oriented organisations and service providers) have the potential of benefiting from the Project results.
- Public and Private Insurance Organizations and governmental organizations are key actors. In many cases the related service delivery costs of the ATs cannot be borne by people with disabilities themselves. Additionally, these organizations can largely benefit (both in financial and social terms) from the uptake and financing of ICT applications and services compatible with Cloud4all architecture.
- Policy Makers, including regulators and procurers, composed by High-level Governmental employees (local, national and European). The Governments and Legal Organizations create policy and legal frameworks to support end-users and their families and frame the structure of the Assistive Technology Industry.
- The carers who regularly look after a person (sick, elderly, disabled person, etc.) can benefit of the c4a developments.
And in general, society as a whole can benefit of a more equal access to digital resources.
Within the project, training material has been produced to provide the necessary information so as the stakeholders will be able to gain deep knowledge of all Cloud4all components and instances so as to assist users using it. Different stakeholders can access specific training material (for general public, for policy-makers or for industry players).
STORIFYING CLOUD4ALL’S 4 YEARS