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Forética (Indra) - Accessible technologies

Added on 22-03-2013

Company

Indra

Network

Forética

Year

2010

Business challenge

The company identified that decrease the digital divide and develop accessible technologies that enable social inclusion of people with disabilities and make technology accessible to them was challenging.  Providing people with disabilities with and independent life, accessible education, and accessible employment.

To create scientific impact by motivating a critical mass of people to work on university-enterprise cooperation and carry out investigations in the highly sensitive, specific and strategic area of accessible technologies.

Description

The challenge was responded through the 'Accessible Technologies Professorships' collaborations between Indra, Adecco Foundation and knowledge institutions intended to develop innovative solutions and services specifically in the area of accessibility and inclusion. This initiative is carried out in collaboration with the Adecco Foundation.

The Courses aim to achieve three types of impact:

  • Social: by promoting employment and social integration of people with disabilities, providing access to technology and the advantages that technological solutions provide. The virtual head mouse has reached 270.000 downloads worldwide and the virtual keyboard more than 7.000. These incredible numbers have been achieved thanks to the recommendations of journal, press and TV reports in Spain, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, etc, and presentations at events and associations. The virtual head mouse is used by many associations, schools and hospitals abroad, such as The Guttmann Institute (the number one rehabilitation hospital in Spain) and Mount Sinai hospital in New York (world renowned for its achievements in medical research and patient care).

In Brazil, Indra presented both projects in collaboration with AACD (Association for Assistance to Disabled Children), prompting more than 7.000 downloads. The Brazilian Communication minister then arranged for the head mouse and virtual keyboard to be available for free download at both the Post Office and Communications Ministry websites.

  • Scientific: by fostering a collaboration of both University and Enterprise people to investigate an area as sensitive, specific and strategic as accessible technologies.
  • Economic: Indra's "Design for All" solutions expand the marketplace for information technologies, while integrating substantial subgroups of disadvantaged people into the information society.

Indra's university collaboration as well as its long history of research projects in accessible technologies demonstrate its commitment to innovating solutions that make the Information Society accessible to disadvantaged groups.

Impact

The ongoing challenge is to support projects that make technology widely accessible while stimulating technology transfer between universities and companies.

Challenges/Lessons learned:

  • More than 250,000 people use Indras solutions worldwide.
  • Improvement of employment, social integration and access to technology through technological solutions for people with disabilities.
  • Ability to participate in the design, development and evaluation of technological solutions.
  • Provides sustainability to research teams funded by the courses and opportunity to work with the company.
  • Encourages creativity and entrepreneurial culture in the university environment,
  • Increases the rate of technological transfer and scientific development conversion in technological innovation aimed at the market.

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