Proposal for a System Based on the Universal Design Approach for Providing Tourism Information by Linking RFID and GIS

  • Akihiro Abe
  • Nobuyuki Maita
  • Yasunori Ooshida
  • Toru Kano

In recent years, tourist regions have placed greater stress on the concept of Universal Design (UD), which takes into account the needs of a more diverse range of people, including senior citizens, the disabled, and foreign visitors. We have been conducting research and development on a system, based on the UD concept, for providing tourism information suited to various user characteristics. The system is designed for Hiraizumi, a tourist area which is aiming to register its historical cultural assets on the World Heritage List in 2008. This paper analyzes needs relating to Universal Design of tourist information, and describes system design and prototype development/evaluation efforts based on that analysis. Satisfactory results were obtained regarding the validity and implementation potential of our approach.


Mobile Phone Senior Citizen Tourist Region Wheelchair User Tourist Information 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Akihiro Abe
    • 1
  • Nobuyuki Maita
    • 1
  • Yasunori Ooshida
    • 2
  • Toru Kano
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Software & Information ScienceIwate Prefectural UniverstityJapan
  2. 2.Morioka Support Plaza for Handicapped PeopleJapan
  3. 3.Faculty of Social WelfareIwate Prefectural UniverstityJapan

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