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Sorry I’ve been so slow in carrying this item. I’m sure any support you can give will still be appreciated.
Wayfinder Access Campaign Update
Saturday, 27 March, 2010 17:52
“Wayfinder Access Protest Petition”
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You recently signed the Wayfinder Access Protest petition, expressing your support for our campaign to save or provide a comparable alternative to this GPS navigation solution which enables thousands of blind pedestrians to find their way and was unexpectedly discontinued by Vodafone.
Firstly we would like to thank you for your signature. Thanks to your efforts in signing and promoting our campaignwe are at over 2000 signatures, a great accomplishment! Vodafone acknowledged our campaign and negotiations are ongoing, more on that below.
To strengthen the voice of blind GPS users and ensure Wayfinder Access remains usable by it’s current users for some time, we need your ongoing help to increase the number of signatures more than ever! So if you haven’t done so, please send the link to our site, http://www.talknav.com/protest, to your family, friends and other acquaintances! It’s also very important that media and blindness related organisations in all countries learn about our campaign, so please send them the link as well!
In the international signature number competition it’s getting really interesting… most signers are from the UK, congratulations you’ve passed the US! But don’t sit back… I’m sure you Americans will make sure you get it bigger again! Below the US Germany has finally passed the Netherlands, congratulations but just as on the football field the Dutch will no doubt score a lot of signatures soon to beat Germany! 5 South Africa / 7 India, you are hit hardest by WFA’s discontinuation because there is absolutely no alternative in your countries, so please make sure to show this in your signature count – you’re both under 100, I’m sure you can do better! 6 France is also under 100… alors montez votre grandeur! And in all those countries below 7th place there’s a lot more potential as well… please get signatures and get your country in the top 7 signature sources next time!
Future of the campaign
Due to the nature of the campaign and the progress that has been made to date, a number of changes need to be made to our cause and what exactly we are seeking from Vodafone. We originally set out with three key goals:
1. To ask Vodafone why they cancelled Access without warning
2. To ask them for an assurance concerning existing license holders rights
3. To enquire as to the possibilities of a third party developer taking over Access.
As we have been informed directly and through media releases by Vodafone we now are able to answer some of these points and thus change our strategy as follows.
Vodafone are pulling out of the Wayfinder service completely as a result of market forces, with the advent of free vehicular navigation solutions from the likes of Google and Nokia. Wayfinder which needs considerable investment, just isn’t a viable product range for Vodafone.
So this is why Access has been discontinued and is facing complete shut down in the coming months. Vodafone cannot make a profit on the overall Wayfinder platform that it runs on. So Access, to coin the phrase, is the baby being thrown out with the bath water.
So this answers our point one, as to our other specific goals here is where we now stand.
Wayfinder and Vodafone through direct conversation with us and media discussions on BBC radio etc have confirmed their intentions to shelve the entire Wayfinder product range. They stress that they are sympathetic to our needs and concerns and state that they are working towards potentially offering some sort of resolution package for Wayfinder Access users.
What this translates into nearer to the time we cannot say for certain. What we can tell you is that what is being discussed is;
A) A full or prorated refund to existing Wayfinder Access life-time license holders,
B) To enter into some sort of exchange program, where Vodafone exchanges Access licenses for an alternative accessible GPS product. The details of this are very much up in the air and no commitment to this has been given yet.
C) The possibility of providing a third party with the source code and necessary information to take over the Access project.
D) Other options to which they’ll not at this time discuss.
So we have now our goals 1 and 3 answered; Vodafone cannot make money out of Wayfinder so it’s being shut down, and they are considering at this time permitting a third party organization to take over Access.
So what about goal 2; Vodafone have used plenty of lip service towards this one, we’ve had assurances and more assurances, but what this translates into down the road no-one knows. In today’s commercial environment phrases like “Social Responsibility” have significant measure and with license holders having life-time rights to Access Vodafone surely have both an ethical and legal obligation towards Access users, but quite how far this translates into a helpful resolution is yet to be seen.
So where does this leave our campaign?
Now more than ever it’s essential that we keep signatures coming to our campaign petition, we need to show Vodafone that this is a real and believed in cause, and that by not acting there is a significant risk of damage to their corporate image as well as legal ramifications.
We also want them to be certain that whatever solution they are considering that we, the users, are kept informed and have a say. We are aware, as Vodafone have informed us that they are talking with multiple parties. We ask Vodafone to consider, as we are not told who these parties are, please be sure to consider our views, the users. If the other parties to whom they are discussing our product with get to make a choice on our behalf this may prove not to be in our best interests.
For now the only thing we can do is keep the pressure on, so please keep signing, ask all who you know to review our campaign and sign in favour of accessible technology for all.
the campaign team Neil Barnfather
Tim in ‘t Veld
If you’re a so-called informal carer, you don’t need anyone to tell you that the system in the UK is a complete shambles. After decades of strategy reports, green papers, white papers, pink papers or whatever they are, well, all we’ve got is a dusty bookcase full of strategy documents. How you can have a strategy when no action is taken, except, of course, for planning the next bit of governmental displacement activity, beats me completely. Maybe we should organise a carers’ strike. Meanwhile, maybe you would like to sign this very mild-mannered petition.
The petition reads as follows..
Dear Prime Minister,
Unpaid carers save the country a fortune yet many struggle without support.
I want your new government to deliver a better deal for carers. I want carers to get a decent income and practical support when they need it.
Our benefits are under threat. I know this is not the first time I’ve mentioned it, but it is helpful if you and the millions of others who get disability benefits take some action before the worst happens.
There is a petition at this address.
and the petition reads…..
We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to recognise the vital support that Attendance Allowance (AA) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) provide to disabled people, and to ensure that these benefits are secured and are not removed as part of any future reform of the social care system in England.
So far, the petition has attracted only 15,000 signatures. I worry that we could be sleep-walking into even more poverty and social exclusion than we have experienced before.
Both Labour (Green Paper) and Conservatives (2009 Conference speeches) have disabled people in their sights. While I can only applaud efforts to make sure that benefits go to the right people, we all know how that’s going to work in practice. Benefits have been arbitrarily stripped away before.
The fashion in the early 90s was to kick single mothers, and make them folk devils in the popular press. Now it’s disabled, sick and dying people. Not very heroic, is it, politicians, dear. Sort your expenses out first, and show us what this honesty business is all about.
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