LED Safety Tactiles (TGSI) Making pedestrians safer when walking

LED Safety Tactiles are a Tactile Ground Surface Indicator (TGSI) that incorporates LED lights. The colour of the in-ground LED’s changes to match the red/green phases of the pedestrian signals, or they can be a steady or flashing colour such as yellow.

How THEY work

Research by Vivacity found that pedestrians felt safer at intersections where the in-ground LED Safety Tactiles replace standard Tactile Ground Surface Indicators (TGSI). Traditional TGSI provide a visual and tactile cue to the presence of a hazard, for people with a sight impairment. In addition to the features and benefits of standard TGSI, the Vivacity LED Safety Tactiles provide a benefit to all pedestrians by being significantly more visible than the small red/green ‘man’ pedestrian light positioned across the road. They relocate the critical safety message from the red or green light located across the road, to the same side of the road as the pedestrian.

An advanced type of in-ground footpath LED illuminated tactile, Vivacity LED Safety Tactiles are connected to a nearby traffic light for power and synchronisation with the traffic light’s control system. They can also be linked to other control mechanisms, such as automated or electrically controlled gates, or standalone in a flashing or steady light mode in other applications.

Vivacity LED Safety Tactiles have been customised for Australian conditions and are in use in Melbourne, Australia. This includes increasing their brightness for daylight operation, and strengthening for static and dynamic wheel loads arising from motorised footpath street-sweeping and cleaning vehicles. 

The colour of the tactiles can be customised to match or contrast the surrounding footpath surface as required by the client for conformance with local regulations and guidelines.

OmniGrip Direct is the accredited installer of Vivacity LED Safety Tactiles in Australia. 

The following video explains how the Vivacity LED Safety Tactile (TGSI) works, how it is installed and explains research into its effectiveness.


Wherever tactile ground surface indicators are used;

  • Traffic Lights 
  • Road Pedestrian Crossings
  • Train Line Pedestrian Crossings
  • Level Crossings
  • Train Platforms
  • Tram Platforms
  • Ferry Terminals
  • Bus Stations and Bus Stops
  • Escalators
  • Scramble Crossings
  • Barnes Crossings


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