Livrit, a Brazilian solution to bring mobility for all!
According to a research from IBGE (Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatistica) in 2000, 14, 5% of the Brazilian population had motor difficulties and most of them were older than 65. As most developing countries, Brazil had to face an ageing population. According to a recent research from the WHO (World Health Organization), “it took more than 100 years for the French population of 65 years to double (from 7% to 14%). In comparison, it will take less than 25 years old to countries such as Brazil or China to reach the same growth.”
This topic is often forgotten by urban planners. The initiatives to improve mobility for all and ease the autonomy and social inclusion of people with motor deficient are burgeoning. In 2008, the UN has released a convention dedicated to this topic: the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Based on these observations, Livrit, a fresh Brazilian start-up, has decided to contribute to this concern by developing a collaborative application to map Rio’s streets accessibility.
Let’s have a look to this innovative application, with features similar to Waze, which supports social inclusion!
It is a story which begins in July 2015 with a start-up weekend. Francisco Viniegara, founder of Livrit, and a group of students are thinking about the theme « Mobility for all » and propose a concept: an application to ease the mobility of handicapped people and improve the social inclusion. The idea is appealing! Livrit is quickly approached by CISCO, a giant in the field of innovation, and entered in its program of innovation. In 2016, Livrit got awarded by iPlan Rio (the innovation lab of Rio de Janeiro) for the “Olympic Transport Challenge” in the category: comfort and accessibility.
Today, this application very much demanded is in its launch phase.
How it works?
Livrit proposes an application of collaborative mapping dedicated to the mobility of persons with motor difficulties. The app is available on IOS and Android platforms.
Features are :
- Know the accessibility of roads (damaged…) to go from a point A to a point B.
- Know the accessibility of private or public establishments (ramps, drop, steps).
- Grade the accessibility of roads and facilities.
- Ping problems (bumpy pavements, public working area…): it is very simple for user to collaborate and to map streets. User selects the geographical coordinates, add a picture and describe the mobility issue.
Real advantages for users and cities !
With Livrit, a person with motor difficulties can now be more autonomous by knowing the best road to move and most handicapped-friendly facilities. But, Livrit sees further !
Its application allows Livrit to collect a multitude of data such as :
- User profil.
- Accessibility of the roads.
- Dangerous zones.
- Bumpy pavements.
- Ranking of establishments with handicapped-friendly infrastructure.
In the Big Data era, analyze data allows cities such as Rio de Janeiro to identify key actions and prioritize them (dangerous roads, missing ramps, bumpy pavements…) to improve mobility of all.
In addition to the existing features, Livrit is already thinking about an optimization of its app. They want to offer the possibility to the users to ping the bumpy sidewalks and share pictures of it. Thus, the authority of Rio will have access to a database of infractions and their exact locations. They will be able to sanction the offenders. Unlike France, in Brazil each owner is responsible for the sidewalk in front of his house/building. It leads to unbelievable situations: for example you can have sidewalks with different level/material every 10 meters. A real hurdle for people with motor difficulties!
In addition to its application, Livrit has developed a strong back-end. Thus, Livrit is offering a dashboard to municipalities to take faster and more efficient decision.
Cherry on the cake, Livrit is an big fan of open-data. It allows every developer to use data. There is good reason to bet that this generous application will ease the life of everyone in Rio and other cities around the world.