Buzzstop for Vision Loss


Buzzstop - an iPhone App to assist accessibility of bus travel for people with vision loss

Project details

Who will benefit from this project?



How will the funding be spent?

Funds will be spent on designing an accessible iPhone App using an interface that can operated by people with low vision and by people who are totally blind. The App will access data from the on bus GPS data and Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) general transit feed specification data set (a global public transport data standard)

How will the project be delivered?

The RSB will work with The Distillery to complete the development of the project with support of DPTI through the provision of access to their real time data. The completed App will be lodged on the Apple iStore and promote to South Australians who are Blind or Vision impaired by the RSB (including directly to RSB's 12,000 clients) and via other disability agencies. It is expected that the completed project will generate significant media interest and will be promoted widely.

How many people will directly benefit from this project?

There are an estimated 35,000 blind or vision impaired people living in SA who may benefit from this App

How will you measure the impact of this project?

The impact of this project will be measured through:
a. Number of people accessing the Buzzstop Application
b. Direct feedback sought from clients on use of Application
c. Feedback from users on positive impact on their lives

How will the project fit this year's theme of ‘Connect, Grow, Build, Belong’?

Buzzstop uses positioning technology to help the vision impaired find their bus stop. Alert them when their bus is coming and assist them to get off at the correct stop at the end of their journey. Bus travel is challenging for a person with vision loss and, as a result, people often become socially isolated, losing connection with the community in which they live. Buzzstop assist people with vision loss to travel independently and regain their sense of belonging within the community

Project details

Who will benefit from this project?



Organisation details

Organisation Name

Royal Society for the Blind of South Australia Inc

What does this organisation do?

The Royal Society for the Blind of SA Inc (RSB) provides services and support to people who are blind or vision impaired so that they may live full and independent lives. Services include a Low Vision Centre, Counselling, Child & Youth Services, RSB Guide and Assistance Dog Service, Industrial Services, Mobility Services, Library Service, Print Alternatives, Adaptive Technology Centre, Outreach Services, Recreation and Leisure Services and Employment Services. Services are delivered from two city, three metropolitan and four regional offices. The RSB has recently extended services into Canberra, ACT and Newcastle, NSW.


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Michael Kubler

29 May 2017

Sounds great!

Denise Quinlan

10 May 2017

My vision impaired daughter has endless difficulty with public transport. I fully support this venture to improve all people with vision impairment or any other issues that impact on their ability to access public transport.