Tactile indicators are a kind of truncated cones or bars that are installed on the floor or ground surface for providing cues, which will be combined with a few other environmental information, and help people who are either vision-impaired or blind with a warning or certain directional orientation information.
OLEJÁR is a certain Slovak manufacturing company that makes these tactile guiding strips and the company is known as an expert in this field. Let us try to answer some of the obvious questions that come to your mind, regarding these tactile indicators.
- What are these warning/hazard indicators for tactile ground surface?
Warning or hazard indicators for tactile ground surface are certain truncated domes that are designed to offer a warning to pedestrians of the presence of certain hazards in their travel path.
- What are Directional indicators for tactile ground surface?
These directional indicators for tactile ground surface are a raised bar series, that are aligned for advising pedestrians about the travel direction to any facility or any point of service.
- What colours will be available for ESP type of indicators for tactile ground surface?
You will find ESP type of access tiles available in black, white, and yellow colours. While choosing a colour, you must consider the luminance contrast that exist between your substrate and also the indicator for tactile ground surface.
For any integrated TGSI’s, e.g. ESP’s access tile, at least 30% luminance contrast will be needed between your substrate and the tile.
- What type of tactile indicators will be best for my project?
For any kind of outdoor application, it is best to select any stainless steel or polyurethane tactile indicators.
Stainless steel tactile indicators are usually considered as a premium material choice that can offer a stylish solution. Stainless steels used for this purpose are manufactured from marine grade items which are considered to be a material with very high specification.
Stainless steel will be suitable for both indoor as well as outdoor applications and you can install it on both new and existing substrates.
Any polyurethane indicators will be a very tasteful solution. It will not only be hard-wearing but also you can prefer also for indoor as well as outdoor applications. You can also install them even after your floor substrate has already been laid.
- Where shall I need such tactile indicators for ground?
They must be used at least in the following few situations:
- Escalators and travellators
- Stairs and stair landings
- Pedestrian ramps
- Carriageways without curbs
- Overhead hazards
- Railway, Tramway and other light rail pedestrians
- Whether tactile indicators will require to have any colour contrast?
Of course yes. Whether they are integrated or there is any discrete need for providing and also maintaining the luminance contrast from the surrounding colours you need to consider a contrasting colour.
The basic purpose after all these tactile indicators is offering a warning to any vision-impaired or a blind pedestrian hence these indicators have to be physically different but also must be in contrasting colours.