Follow Sendero travelers on their adventures using accessible GPS.
I am in Montreal for the International Mobility Conference
It is prudent to turn off data roaming abroad and to limit the length of
cellular use. This means not getting all sorts of notifications and apps that
utilize data back home.
Since the Seeing Eye GPS
relies heavily on data from a
server, I have had to keep its use to a minimum. What I have done is to
calculate my route when at the hotel on WiFi and then when I leave and lose the
network, I still get directions, it just won’t recalculate the route if I go
When exploring tonight in the old port of Montreal
couldn’t use my phone at all with no WiFi. I relied completely on the PK GPS.
There are lots of small streets, shops and restaurants. Everything worked
beautifully. I was with 3 sighted people and I led the group to our restaurant
and back to the hotel, not to say that I didn’t wonder a couple times about
where to turn.
One problem area where no type of GPS would help is in the
underground malls that extend for many blocks in this part of town. This is
where we could really use that indoor navigation that isn’t quite here yet. In
the meantime, I’ll stick to the surface streets with Braille and GPS to guide
I have been coming to Montreal for many years and have
recorded dozens of user points over that time. It was fun to see those
so-called footprints and to be reminded of certain places and people I was
with. I have now added more points to that ongoing history.