First Stop for Deaf Appeared in Novosibirsk

A stop with a sign language system was launched on Marx Square. Deaf people can contact the operator directly at a stop online.

About 5 thousand citizens with hearing disabilities live in the Novosibirsk region. The new Vatutin stop at Karl Marx, 6a was equipped with a sign language system for people with hearing disabilities. They cannot turn to passers-by for help; they need an interpreter. Therefore, they will be able to ask questions to the operator at the bus stop online.

While the operators will work from 8.00 to 22.00, but from the beginning of 2020, it is planned to organize a round-the-clock mode of operation.

The idea of ​​creating such connecting points for disabled people at “smart” stops was first voiced at the Urban Technology forum. Now the city authorities have to determine how many sign language interpreters are needed to work, according to what schedule such specialists should work.

“By the end of the year, ten stops in the city will be equipped with an interpreting system,” the press service of the Novosibirsk City Hall said.

Novosibirsk Mayor Anatoly Lokot suggested that it is possible to replace sign language interpreters with an electronic robot that could answer questions from citizens with hearing impairments using gestures.

In the future, at “smart stops” for citizens with hearing problems, video communication with rescue service operators will be provided. The panic button works in sound mode. 

Ru-Main, 26.11.2019

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