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Oregon Caves Accommodate the Needs of Guests with Visual and Hearing Impairments

January 28, 2015
Oregon Caves National Monument

January 28, 2015 — Houston, TX — Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve, managed by the National Park Service, and Softeq Development, a seasoned provider of embedded software development services, have teamed up to install the DURATEQ® Assistive Technology System in the newly renovated visitor center at the park.

Located in the northern Siskiyou Mountains of southwestern Oregon, USA, Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve is open year-round offering cave tours and hiking trails to tourists. The museum facility features a man-made replica of prehistoric caves, complete with a crawl space, figurines of cave-inhabiting creatures, as well as sights and sounds that may be experienced within the caves. Originally a 480-acre site, the monument has recently annexed an additional 4,000 acres based on the National Defense Authorization Act signed by President Barack Obama. The expanded territory is expected to provide a wider range of recreation opportunities for visitors, including hiking, hunting, and new ranger programs. Currently under renovation, the park will re-open in the spring of 2015 updated with new exhibits at the visitor center and restored furnishings at the Chateau, the onsite lodging facilities built in the early 20th century.

The DURATEQ® Assistive Technology System installed at the facilities consists of three DURATEQ handheld devices and a multi-unit docking station. Infrared (IR) emitters are placed in proximity to each major exhibit to trigger output of the audio description content on the DURATEQ handhelds. Eight FM transmitters installed in A/V equipment rooms provide audio at FCC designated assistive listening frequencies, which is amplified on the DURATEQ handhelds. Designed to aid guests with limited abilities in accessing landmarks, museums, and public venues to their fullest, the DURATEQ ATV bridges the perception gap enabling a direct and firsthand, immersive experience of the visited location.

About Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve

Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve is a National Monument and Preserve in the northern Siskiyou Mountains of southwestern Oregon in the United States. The main part of the 4,558-acre park, including the marble cave and a visitor center, is located 20 miles east of Cave Junction, on Oregon Route 46. A separate visitor center in Cave Junction occupies 4 acres of the total. Both parts of the monument, managed by the National Park Service, are in southwestern Josephine County, near the Oregon — California border.