2017, A Year in Review
It’s been another great year for Sensible Innovations and the Aware wayfinding app. Having been named a Consumer Electronics Show 2018 Innovation Award Honoree in the Smart Cities category, we getting closer to our goal of positively impacting the lives of 22 million people who are visually impaired in the USA, and beyond. We are very much looking forward to attending the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.
To date, we have placed iBeacons at Glenwood High School in Chatham, Illinois, Mary Bryant Home for the Blind in Springfield, Illinois, Vision Forward in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at The Chicago Lighthouse, and the Rosa Parks Hempstead Transit Center in New York, which in September we won a METRO Magazine award for our partnership with Nassau-Inter-County Express at BusCon.
We also launched the audible menu feature for popular restaurants in Springfield, Illinois, including TGI Fridays, Chili’s Bar & Grill, Panera Bread, Olive Garden, Panda Express, Mariah’s, Applebee’s, IHOP, Red Lobster, and Outback Steakhouse.
Our CEO and founder, Rasha Said, spoke at the Association on Higher Education and Disability 40th Annual Conference in July in Orlando, Florida and attended the 2017 National ADA Symposium where Aware was the audio guide in Chicago.
In February she attended the 2017 IAER Vision Conference: Let the Vision Persevere. At the conference Rasha spoke to industry experts, O&M Specialists, educators, and parents about the Internet of Things and Smart Navigation for the Visually Impaired. Throughout her presentation, Rasha discussed the latest in smart technology, wireless connectivity, and ways that we can close the information gap that currently exists between the sighted and visually impaired population.
Sensible Innovations featured in a case study by iBeacon Trends, which focused on the Rosa Parks Hempstead Transit Center in New York.
Rasha was recognized as a Woman of Influence, by the Springfield Business Journal, and was one of 10 finalists in the ATHENA International Leadership award, hosted by Illinois Women in Leadership in July.
Pilots are currently in progress in downtown Springfield, Illinois, a college campus in the state of Ohio, and in Essex, in the United Kingdom.
We have come a long way in the past year, but we have far to go before we create a world that is truly without limits for people who are visually impaired. Thank you for your ongoing support – we look forward to 2018.