Welcome to SEcure and SAfe MObility NETwork
SESAMONET is a secure and safe mobility network developed (patent pending) by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) to improve and increase the mobility of visually impaired poeple.
The idea consists in using RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) passive transponders (i.e. microchips) to create a path guiding a visually impaired person through a location. Already used for the electronic identification of cattle, these chips can be recycled when the animal reaches the end of its life. The RFID path does not need any electric power supply and can be installed in areas such as parks, pedestrian areas, town centres, buildings.
The walking stick has an embedded antenna (with a bluetooth transmitter) which detects/reads the RFID transponders. Each transponder sends a signal via the antenna to a Smart Phone equipped with a database with information on the location.
Through a bluetooth headset you receive information on the path (e.g. how to reach his/her destination or if some services are nearby). It is possible to connect the smart phone to a an external database with realtime information about the path (works in progress, changes to transport schedule, …).