Monday, February 16, 2009

Patriots go for extra yards using Durateq ATV

On January 26, The Boston Globe ran a feature article on the Durateq ATV in their technology section. The section announced that the New England Patriots had completed installation of an assistive technology system for visitors with sight and hearing impairments at the Patriots Hall of Fame in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The system, consisting of an IR emitter network, FM transmitters, and DURATEQ ATV (Assistive Technology Version) handheld devices, was provided by Softeq. The DURATEQ ATV is Softeq's ruggedized, HP iPAQ-based device which has been enhanced for assistive applications.

Softeq was involved in the Hall of Fame project from the outset by interfacing with the building architects to specify where equipment would be placed, how power would be supplied, and data delivered to devices. Softeq worked with contractors on-site during installation to ensure proper placement of devices for adequate exhibit coverage and that all power and networking requirements were met.

Softeq also worked closely with WGBH in Boston, the inventors of Closed Captioning, to integrate captioning and audio description content that they developed specifically for The Hall. To read the feature article about the assistive system at the New England Patriots Hall of Fame and how Softeq and WGBH were involved, please see: Pats' hall of fame levels playing field.