DTAC® TACTILE INDICATORS

COMPLIANT WITH AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS

Tactile Ground Surface Indicators (TGSIs) are a collection of raised dots and bars that are installed on pedestrian surfaces to aid the orientation of people who are vision impaired or blind.  For vision impaired pedestrians, tactile indicators provide greater access to the urban landscape, with increased potential for unassisted mobility. Tactile indicators can be detected by cane, felt underfoot, or even interpreted as a light contrast between a surface and a hazard, allowing the built environment to be negotiated safely. Extensive testing for slip resistance and luminance contrast has been conducted by independent bodies, which ensures peace of mind when selecting DTAC ground surface indicators. In Australia, standards are enforced to ensure clear interpretation of tactiles in all public spaces, thus ensuring that the experience of the vision impaired pedestrian remains consistent and non-discriminatory in the urban environment.

DTAC® TACTILE INDICATORS

COMPLIANT WITH AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS

Tactile Ground Surface Indicators (TGSIs) are a collection of raised dots and bars that are installed on pedestrian surfaces to aid the orientation of people who are vision impaired or blind.  For vision impaired pedestrians, tactile indicators provide greater access to the urban landscape, with increased potential for unassisted mobility. Tactile indicators can be detected by cane, felt underfoot, or even interpreted as a light contrast between a surface and a hazard, allowing the built environment to be negotiated safely. Extensive testing for slip resistance and luminance contrast has been conducted by independent bodies, which ensures peace of mind when selecting DTAC ground surface indicators. In Australia, standards are enforced to ensure clear interpretation of tactiles in all public spaces, thus ensuring that the experience of the vision impaired pedestrian remains consistent and non-discriminatory in the urban environment.

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Tactile Indicators

CHOOSE A TYPE OF TACTILE INDICATOR:

Wall and Door Protection

Warning Tactiles

Warning tactiles, sometimes referred to as hazard tactiles, are intended to function like a stop sign. The raised dots provide a textural change to provide warning.

Wall and Door Protection

Directional Tactiles

Directional tactiles, sometimes referred to as leading tactiles, lead pedestrians along an intended obstacle free pathway, often terminating at an array of warning tactiles.

WHY CHOOSE DTAC® TACTILES?

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VERSATILE

DTAC tactiles are available in a range of colours and designs to suit all applications, with solutions suitable for all surfaces and substrates.

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COMPLIANT

DTAC tactile indicators are designed to comply with building codes and regulations. They are also tested in accordance with luminance and slip resistance standards.

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ROBUST

DTAC products are built for the job! TGSIs need to withstand very harsh conditions and are constantly exposed to heavy foot traffic, rolling loads & extreme weather conditions. Inferior products will degrade quickly.

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EASILY INSTALLED ACROSS MANY SITES

DTAC TGSIs are easy to install and are regularly applied in and around stairs, ramps, landings, escalators, travelators, pedestrian crossings, waiting platforms, shopping centres, libraries, commercial buildings, offices, industrial areas, theatres and arenas.

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RELIABLE PERFORMANCE & ADVICE

DTAC tactiles are quality, reliable products that are backed by a two year warranty. DTAC and ABS West product specialists are experts at interpreting and applying the relevant standards / codes applicable to individual projects.

 

WARNING TACTILES:

WARNING TACTILES - Tactile Ground Surface Indicators

Warning tactiles, sometimes referred to as hazard tactiles, are intended to function like a stop sign. The raised dots provide a textural change, indicating that the blind or vision impaired pedestrian should stop to determine the nature of the hazard in their line of travel. The warning tactiles come in a range of materials including stainless steel, brass and urethane. They combine performance and style with high slip resistance, while meeting Australia tactile compliance standards.

Warning tactiles are also available as hand rail buttons, designed for installation in situations where Tactile Ground Surface Indicators are not required. The hand rail buttons are commonly required for hospitals and aged care facilities. ABS West supplies warning indicators in the form of individual tactiles or as integrated tactiles.

 

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TECHNICAL PRODUCT INFORMATION

DTAC Warning Tactiles

Classic - Stainless Steel

DTO100 / DTO120

Combine wide aesthetic appeal with high slip resistance properties.

Manufactured in 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel, the DTAC STAINLESS CLASSIC TGSI features a machined, concentric circle design on the horizontal face with a smooth bevelled edge around its perimeter.

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Classic - Brass

DTO300 / DTO301

Provide options to compliance when Heritage style architecture dictates the use of materials and finishes.

Manufactured in Solid Brass, the DTAC BRASS CLASSIC TGSI features a machined, concentric circle design on the horizontal face with a smooth bevelled edge around its perimeter.

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Classic - Black Top

DTO200 / DTO201

Combine wide aesthetic appeal with high slip resistance properties.

Manufactured in 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel incorporating a moulded polymer insert. The DTAC STAINLESS CLASSIC BLACK TOP TGSI features a moulded concentric circle design on the horizontal face and a smooth machined outer edge.

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Classic - Black Urethane

DTO600B

Combine the flexibility of colour with durable urethane while ensuring high slip resistance properties.

Moulded in Virgin and Re-claimed High Impact UV Stabilised Urethane featuring a moulded concentric circle design on the horizontal face and a smooth moulded outer edge.

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Classic - Yellow Urethane Tactile

DTO00Y

Combine the flexibility of colour with durable urethanes while ensuring high slip resistance properties.

Moulded in Virgin and Re-claimed High Impact UV Stabilised Urethane featuring a moulded concentric circle design on the horizontal face and a smooth moulded outer edge.

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Classic - Light Grey Urethane Tactile

DTO600LG

Combine the flexibility of colour with durable urethanes while ensuring high slip resistance properties.

Moulded in Virgin and Re-claimed High Impact UV Stabilised Urethane featuring a moulded concentric circle design on the horizontal face and a smooth moulded outer edge.

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Classic - Integrated Stainless Steel

DIT0010 / DIT0020

Combine wide aesthetic appeal with high slip resistance properties. Manufactured in 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel, the DTAC STAINLESS CLASSIC INTEGRATED TGSI features a machined, concentric circle design on the horizontal face with a smooth bevelled edge around its perimeter.

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Classic - Integrated Black Top

DIT0030 / DIT0040

Combine wide aesthetic appeal with high slip resistance properties. Manufactured in 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel incorporating a moulded polymer insert. The DTAC STAINLESS CLASSIC BLACK TOP INTEGRATED TGSI features a moulded concentric circle design on the horizontal face and a smooth machined outer edge.

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Terraced - Stainless Steel

DTO110 / DTO130

Exemplify the qualities of slip resistance while fusing together performance and style.

Manufactured in 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel, the DTAC STAINLESS TERRACED TGSI features a machined, concentric circle design over the entire surface to provide maximum grip in all environmental conditions.

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Terraced - Brass

DTO310 / DTO331

Provide options to compliance when Heritage style architecture dictates the use of materials and finishes.

Manufactured in Solid Brass, the BRASS TERRACED TGSI features a machined, concentric circle design over the entire surface of the TGSI to provide maximum grip in all environmental conditions.

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Terraced - Black Top

DTO210 / DTO211

Combine wide aesthetic appeal with high slip resistance properties.

Manufactured in 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel incorporating a moulded polymer insert. The STAINLESS TERRACED BLACK TOP TGSI features a moulded concentric circle design on the horizontal face and a terraced machined outer edge.

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Colourmax - Black

DTO400B

Combine the flexibility of colour with durable polymers while ensuring high slip resistance properties. Manufactured in 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel with a hardwearing outer Polymer Ring, the DTAC COLOURMAX TGSI features a machined, concentric circle design on the horizontal face with a smooth moulded outer edge.

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Colourmax - Yellow

DTO400Y

Combine the flexibility of colour with durable polymers while ensuring high slip resistance properties.

Manufactured in 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel with a hardwearing outer Polymer Ring, the DTAC COLOURMAX TGSI features a machined, concentric circle design on the horizontal face with a smooth moulded outer edge.

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Classic - EcoTac S/S

DTO120 / DTO125

Combine wide aesthetic appeal with high slip resistance properties.

An environmentally friendly alternative to the DTAC STAINLESS CLASSIC TGSI, featuring a cupped underside that uses less 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel putting less demand on resources.

Features a machined, concentric circle design on the horizontal face with a smooth bevelled edge around its perimeter.

Identical to the DTAC STAINLESS CLASSIC TGSI when installed.

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Terraced - EcoTac S/S

DTO130

Combine wide aesthetic appeal with high slip resistance properties.

An environmentally friendly alternative to the DTAC STAINLESS TERRACED TGSI, featuring a cupped underside that uses less 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel putting less demand on resources.

Features a machined, concentric circle design on the horizontal face with a terraced slip resistant outer edge.

Identical to the DTAC STAINLESS TERRACED TGSI when installed.

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Handrail Button

DHB0010

Hand Rail Buttons or Handrail Tactile Indicators (HRTIs), are designed to be installed in situations where Tactile Ground Surface Indictors (TGSIs), are not required.

Applications for HRTIs are commonly confined to Hospitals and Aged Care facilities where visually impaired persons’ orientation will be assisted by an aid. HRTIs give important tactile information on Handrails that should be installed on both the up and down sides of stairs, ramps, corridors, passageways, etc.

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Ultimat - Black

DWU0010

Manufactured in UV stabilised thermo plastic urethane (TPU), the DTAC Ultimat Warning Tactile features an injection moulded, concentric circle design on the horizontal face with a smooth outer edge.

DTAC Ultimat Warning Tactiles combine wide aesthetic appeal with high slip resistance properties.

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Ultimat - Yellow

DWU0011

Manufactured in UV stabilised thermo plastic urethane (TPU), the DTAC Ultimat Warning Tactile features an injection moulded, concentric circle design on the horizontal face with a smooth outer edge.

DTAC Ultimat Warning Tactiles combine wide aesthetic appeal with high slip resistance properties.

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Ultimat - Light Grey

DWU0012

Manufactured in UV stabilised thermo plastic urethane (TPU), the DTAC Ultimat Warning Tactile features an injection moulded, concentric circle design on the horizontal face with a smooth outer edge.

DTAC Ultimat Warning Tactiles combine wide aesthetic appeal with high slip resistance properties.

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Classic - Ivory

DWU0013

Manufactured in UV stabilised thermo plastic urethane (TPU), the DTAC Ultimat Warning Tactile features an injection moulded, concentric circle design on the horizontal face with a smooth outer edge.

DTAC Ultimat Warning Tactiles combine wide aesthetic appeal with high slip resistance properties.

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DIRECTIONAL TACTILES:

DIRECTIONAL TACTILES - Tactile Ground Surface Indicators

Directional tactiles, sometimes referred to as leading tactiles, lead pedestrians along an intended obstacle free pathway, often terminating at an array of warning tactiles. Directional tactiles are oriented in line with the prescribed direction of travel, and are commonly used at public transport access points and public facilities. DTAC tactiles combine performance and style with high slip resistance, while meeting Australian tactile compliance standards.

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DTAC Directional Tactiles

Classic - EcoTac S/S

DIRO120

An environmentally friendly alternative to the solid classic directional tactile, featuring a cupped underside that uses less stainless steel, thereby placing less demand on resources.

Features a machined, concentric circle design on the horizontal face with a smooth bevelled edge around its perimeter. Combines wide aesthetic appeal with high slip resistance properties.

Datasheet

Terraced - EcoTac S/S

DIRO130

An environmentally friendly alternative to the solid classic directional tactile, featuring a cupped underside that uses less stainless steel, thereby placing less demand on resources.

Features a machined, concentric circle design on the horizontal face with a terraced slip resistant outer edge. Combines wide aesthetic appeal with high slip resistance properties.

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Classic - Black Urethane

DIRP0702B

Combine wide aesthetic appeal with high slip resistance properties.

Moulded in High Impact UV Stabilised Urethane featuring a grooved design on the horizontal face with a smooth moulded outer edge.

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Classic - Yellow Urethane

DIRP0702Y

Combine wide aesthetic appeal with high slip resistance properties.

Moulded in High Impact UV Urethane featuring a grooved design on the horizontal face with a smooth moulded outer edge.

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Classic - Light Grey Urethane

DIRP0702LG

Combine wide aesthetic appeal with high slip resistance properties.

Moulded in High Impact UV Stabilised Urethane featuring a grooved design on the horizontal face with a smooth moulded outer edge.

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FAQs 

Where & Why are Tactiles installed?

Tactile Ground Surface Indicators (TGSIs) are installed throughout external and internal public environments.

They are installed at hazard points or locations where directional guidance is necessary for blind or vision impaired pedestrians.  Hazard points include the top and bottom of stairs, ramps, waiting platforms, pedestrian crossings, escalators and any other area deemed to be a potential hazard.

Also, it’s necessary to install directional tactiles where pedestrians need to be led in a prescribed line of travel. This includes areas such as street crossings and transport access points.

 

Are there Requirements Governing the Placement of Tactiles?

Yes, tactiles need to be installed according to Australian Standards. Why? To maintain consistency so that blind or vision impaired pedestrians can interpret cues provided by tactiles.  Inconsistency leads to misinterpretation and confusion.

Why is it Important to Choose the Right Installer?

The installer needs to have full knowledge of compliance requirements and be able to install according to these set standards.  Locations and substrates vary, and so do the appropriate installation methods.  The right installer will understand these variables and carry out the installation accordingly.

What are DTAC Tactile Indicators Made of?

DTAC tactiles are available in:

  • Solid Brass
  • Stainless Steel – 316 marine grade
  • Urethane
Which Substrates can DTAC Tactiles be Applied to?

DTAC tactiles can be applied to the following substrates:

  • Stone
  • Masonry
  • Timber
  • Vinyl
  • Porcelain
  • Ceramics
  • Glass
  • Metal
Why do Tactiles come in Different Colours?

Tactiles are available in different colours due to the fact that a large percentage of vision impaired pedestrians retain some sight. Luminance contrast plays a role in assisting blind and vision impaired pedestrians to detect the presence of tactiles and follow their cues.

The general requirements that apply to tactile indicators:

It shall have the luminance contrast to the base surface as follows:

i) Where the integrated TGSIs are of the same colour as the underlying surface – not less than 30% across its entire area.

ii) Where discrete TGSIs – not less than 45%.

iii) Where discrete TGSIs are constructed using two colours or materials, the raised surface shall have a section that has 60% luminance contrast for a diameter of 24mm to 25mm…. 

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What Colours do DTAC Tactiles come in?

Stainless Steel: Silver.

Brass: Gold.

Urethane: Black, yellow, ivory, light grey.

Blacktop: A black urethane centre with a stainless steel surround.

What are the Slip Resistance Ratings of DTAC Tactiles?

Slip-resistance is very important when it comes to tactiles indicators as they are often placed at potentially hazardous locations. DTAC tactiles conform to slip resistance requirements. The ratings are as follows:

WARNING TACTILES (Dots)

  • Stainless Steel: R12 Grip
  • Brass: R12 Grip
  • Colourmax: P5 Grip
  • Urethane: R11 Grip

DIRECTIONAL TACTILES (Bars)

  • Stainless Steel: R13 Grip
  • Urethane: R10 Grip
What Options are Available for Installation into Carpet Finishes?

Option 1: Carpet

Install DTAC Metal plate to the subfloor and screw fit Tactile DT0116 into the threaded metal fixing plate. Hole punching of carpet may be necessary.

Option 2: Carpet Tiles

Up to 6mm thick can be fitted through the surface using DTAC ECOtac DT0130.

Why is Quality so Important When Choosing a Tactile Product?

To remain compliant, tactiles need be able to withstand harsh conditions. Poor quality products that degrade quickly under the stress of constant foot traffic and harsh weather conditions, will lose their appearance and effectiveness. DTAC tactiles are designed and manufactured to withstand the harsh Australian conditions. Our products are extremely hard wearing and UV resistant meaning they offer a very long service life.

Is DTAC on NATSPEC (the National Building Specification)?

Yes, DTAC is the only tactile company on NATSPEC.

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