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Better quality, easier to use Braille maps made by using new indigenous technology coming soon

Vijay Mohan

Press Reporter News Service

Chandigarh, January 10

Visually-challenged college students will quickly have entry to Braille maps designed and developed utilizing digital embossing expertise, which might be consumer pleasant and simpler to deal with apart from being extra sturdy and longer lasting.

Digital embossing expertise (DET) is a course of that eliminates the necessity for printing plates, moulds, chemical substances, and solvents, apart from releasing no pollution or waste and decreasing total vitality utilization.

This expertise, designed and carried out for the primary time in India by the Nationwide Atlas and Thematic Mapping Organisation (NATMO), in line with an announcement issued by the Ministry of Science and Expertise right now.

It isn’t solely helpful for high-speed manufacturing of the maps however can even produce Braille maps that can be utilized for an extended interval. Maps produced with older expertise misplaced their readability and feeling expertise inside a really brief span.

Based on accessible info, roughly 40 million folks in India, together with 1.6 million kids, are blind or visually impaired. India can be stated to be residence to over 20 per cent of the world’s blind inhabitants. Plenty of initiatives have been launched over time by the federal government to redress their necessities, together with medicare and entry to public services.

NATMO began producing Braille maps in 1997 and revealed a Braille Atlas for Visually Impaired (India), in 2017 in English Braille script, which obtained an enormous response from the visually impaired neighborhood. It was developed with an indigenous guide embossing technique.

NATMO obtained sudden and overwhelming demand for Braille atlases and this led it to arrange Braille atlases in Hindi and different regional languages. This organisation has began preparation of Braille atlases of various states of India in session with consultants and related organisations.

NATMO has developed a Braille unit, which is anticipated to launch quickly, having state-of-art leading edge options similar to synthetic intelligence (AI) and spot ultra-violet (UV) coating strategies for digital embossing. The whole course of undergoes completely different levels with end-to-end resolution in digital platform.

Primarily thematic maps are ready on digital platforms utilizing GIS expertise. The onerous copy merchandise are then laminated with tender sheets. The tender laminated maps are positioned onto the embossing digital units with good registration for UV coating. Gentle copy maps are masked within the space of curiosity for embossing. AI expertise is used for 3-D embossing to get the ultimate Braille maps. Full map units are sure spirally for the simple use of the visually impaired.

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