Increased accessibility in Pavia through satellite solutions (Italy)

By Raf Canters / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
The Italian city of Pavia provides accurate, up-to-date information on accessibility using satellite navigation. In cooperation with “MapAbility”, 25km in total have been mapped in the city centre.
The city centre of Pavia is a site of historical and cultural heritage but difficult to access for people with reduced mobility. Following initial activities to map tourist areas accessible to the mobility-impaired the municipality decided to apply a satellite based solution and now offers an interactive online service.

The online service was set up in cooperation with “MapAbility”, a portal dedicated to urban accessibility which provides accessibility information at street level. The service allows inhabitants and visitors of Pavia to find the most accessible routes inside the city centre in real time and to plan their route accordingly. Information about the accessibility of sidewalks, squares, crossroads, public buildings, car parks and tourist attractions is available. Users can contribute geo-localised pictures to update the map. 25km of the city centre has already been mapped. Routes will also be available for download on users’ GPS devices.

Following Pavia’s example, 11 other Italian cities, including Torino, Rome, Milano and others, are currently implementing the MapAbility service.

MapAbility is a non-profit association that uses technology to promote accessible tourism. Through the use of GPS and internet technologies the association collects data on urban accessibility that can be used in many different ways, including mobile mapping and navigation systems.

MapAbility” for Pavia:
Transport for people with reduced mobility