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Navigating Public Spaces - Tactile Solutions for Wayfinding!

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Navigating Public Spaces - Tactile Solutions for Wayfinding!

Have you ever lost your way or been disoriented in a public space? Well, a lot of people frequently go through this, especially those with visual impairments or cognitive disabilities. In these situations, tactile solutions for wayfinding can be incredibly helpful. 


These tactile wayfinding solutions are designed to make it easier for people to navigate around public spaces. It also benefits organizations to stand out from competitors by making visitors' experiences more accessible. In this blog post, we'll explore the different types of tactile solutions for wayfinding: 


What are Tactile Solutions for Wayfinding?


Tactile solutions for wayfinding provide individuals with a physical path to follow, enabling them to navigate public spaces independently. It refers to the utilization of wayfinding bars in public spaces to help people with navigation.


Tactile solutions with wayfinding bars are employed in areas with no risk but still, a need to provide a safe path for the visually impaired. The code-compliant wayfinding bars are designed in different materials, colors, and sizes to ensure compliance in every situation, including indoors and outdoors, on newly constructed, retrofitted, and existing surfaces. They are available in a variety of colors and can be used in connection with attention domes.


Types of Tactile Solutions for Wayfinding


There are several types of tactile solutions available for wayfinding, each with its own features. Some of the best types of tactile solutions for wayfinding include:


Cast-In-Place Tactile CAst-iron Wayfinding Plate


Advantage™ Replaceable Cast Iron Tactile Walking Surface Indicator (TWSI) plates are created in strict compliance with ASTM A-48, Class 35B Grey Cast Iron. ASTM, which stands for the American Society for Testing and Materials, is a group that publishes production and testing standards for a variety of industries. These standards cover numerous materials, products & systems to enable consistency and safety among manufacturers.


The Cast in Place System has exceptionally high strength and uses advanced metallurgical Engineering Science and Technology that satisfies and surpasses the highest municipal restrictions. 



  • Lightweight and easy to install

  • Maintenance-free natural patina

  • It can be recycled after its lifecycle

  • 10-year manufacturer's warranty



  1. Tactile direction indicators should be installed in spacious and open floor areas to facilitate wayfinding by showing the primary route of travel. 

  2. Installation of directional indicators must follow CSA B651-18


Eon Tile Rubber Wayfinding Bars Tile


Eon Tile Rubber Wayfinding Bars are long-lasting and flexible tactile indicators, ideal for designers and contractors who create top-quality commercial, institutional, and public environments. 


Eon Tile Wayfinding Bars act as path makers that help guide pedestrians, including those who are visually impaired, for safe guidance around various environments. These bars are designed to comply with all Canadian accessibility codes and are available in four different colors: ivory, vogue black, smoke grey, and yellow.



  • Created from premium long-lasting polymers

  • Appropriate for both initial installation and surface retrofit

  • UV resistant for color stability and ensures optimal visual surface contrast

  • Conforms to contrast requirements (based on adjacent surfaces)

  • 5-year manufacturer’s warranty


Advantage Tactile Systems Single Bars


The Advantage One Stainless Steel Wayfinding Individual Bars Tactile System has an integral texture built into the stainless steel that makes it slip-resistant and permanent.


The Individual Wayfinding Bars are proven to be more durable, exceeding any detectable warning product on the market, setting the leading industry standard for detectable warning products. The Advantage One Individual Wayfinding bars are installed by drilling and fastening them directly into the ground, creating a safe pathway and guidance system that is suitable for all indoor accessibility solutions.



  • 5-year manufacturer’s warranty

  • Resistant to heavy traffic abuse and maintenance machinery

  • Optimum anti-slip design

  • Innovative adhesive capture design

  • 316L, Marine grade stainless steel


Access Tile WayFinding bars


Access Tile Wayfinding tiles, which combine innovative and creative design elements with tried-and-true engineered polymers, processing, and material technologies, are the ultimate wayfinding solution. 


These tiles are the industry leader in terms of durability, weather, and wear resistance. They are available in surface-applied and replaceable cast-in-place options: 


AccessTile Cast-In-Place Wayfinding Bars


Access Tiles Surface Applied Directional Wayfinding bars are specially designed to be embedded into wet concrete to safely direct individuals between spaces and follow the desired path. These bars make it easier for visually impaired individuals to orient themselves and follow their intended route. Access Tile's detectable directional warning pad is a durable, lightweight, and cost-effective solution.



  • A cost-effective method of retrofitting existing public spaces

  • Lightweight and easy to handle


AccessTile Surface Applied Wayfinding Bars


Access Tile's Surface Applied Directional Wayfinding bars are an innovative wayfinding solution designed to assist individuals with navigation between different areas. These bars can be placed onto the existing surfaces to provide clear and visible guidance, making it easier for people to find their way around. They are particularly beneficial for visually impaired individuals, enabling them to orient themselves and follow the desired path more efficiently.



  • 5- years manufacturer warranty

  • Comes in six (6) standard colors to allow for mandatory contrast requirements


Elan Tile Porcelain Wayfinding Bar Tile


Elan Tile Porcelain Tactile Indicator Wayfinding Bars are not only aesthetically stylish but also engineered for high performance. These navigation bars are constructed from the best raw materials and adhere to Porcelain Stoneware standards, making them appropriate for use in both interior and exterior applications.


Elan Tile Wayfinding Bars provide durable and versatile walking surface Direction indicators, allowing visually impaired individuals to safely and successfully navigate their surroundings.


The Porcelain Wayfinding Bars are designed to assist pedestrians in finding their way to their intended destination while also promoting safety, convenience, and adherence to applicable codes and regulations. The bars serve as a guide, helping individuals navigate their way through an area, and ensure that they arrive at their desired location with ease.



  • Certified porcelain stoneware for maximum durability and surface hardness

  • Full-body porcelain that gives a highly compact surface with extremely low absorbency characteristics

  • Not affected by stains, water or chemicals

  • Versatile and easy installation for interior and exterior environments

  • Field tiles are available in different sizes