Tribune Information Service
Chandigarh, January 10
Visually-challenged college students will quickly have entry to Braille maps designed and developed utilizing digital embossing know-how, which might be person pleasant and simpler to deal with moreover being extra sturdy and longer lasting.
Digital embossing know-how (DET) is a course of that eliminates the necessity for printing plates, moulds, chemical compounds, and solvents, moreover releasing no pollution or waste and lowering total vitality utilization.
This know-how, designed and applied for the primary time in India by the Nationwide Atlas and Thematic Mapping Organisation (NATMO), in line with a press release issued by the Ministry of Science and Know-how in the present day.
It’s not 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 know-how misplaced their readability and feeling expertise inside a really brief span.
Based on out there info, roughly 40 million folks in India, together with 1.6 million youngsters, are blind or visually impaired. India can also be stated to be house to over 20 per cent of the world’s blind inhabitants. Plenty of initiatives have been launched through the years by the federal government to redress their necessities, together with medicare and entry to public services.
NATMO began producing Braille maps in 1997 and printed a Braille Atlas for Visually Impaired (India), in 2017 in English Braille script, which obtained an enormous response from the visually impaired group. 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 innovative options resembling synthetic intelligence (AI) and spot ultra-violet (UV) coating strategies for digital embossing. The entire course of undergoes completely different phases with end-to-end resolution in digital platform.
Primarily thematic maps are ready on digital platforms utilizing GIS know-how. The onerous copy merchandise are then laminated with smooth sheets. The smooth laminated maps are positioned onto the embossing digital units with excellent registration for UV coating. Comfortable copy maps are masked within the space of curiosity for embossing. AI know-how 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.