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 developed for Australian conditions and are in use in Melbourne, Australia and in Dunedin, New Zealand. They are brighter during the day so they can be seen on bright sunny days, but dim at night to reduce glare. They’ve been strengthened for static and dynamic wheel loads arising from motorised footpath street-sweeping and cleaning vehicles used in major cities. 

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 (MOQ apply).

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do LED footpath lights work?

The Vivacity LED Safety Tactile brings the vital road safety message of walk/don’t walk to where the pedestrian is standing. It is larger and more easily seen that the small red or green ‘man’ or hand symbol that is typically located across the width of the road.  The LED Safety Tactile can be easily seen by people with varying abilities.

A study in Melbourne found that people feel safer at the lights with the Vivacity LED Safety Tactile. A South Korean University study found the night-time benefit in reducing crashes and injuries in South Korean cities was more than fifty times the cost.

Do LED Safety Tactiles need to be installed at traffic lights?

Vivacity LED Safety Tactiles can be installed at any location where low voltage power is available.  Connected to traffic lights they change colour to match the signal’s light phases. At unsignalised crossings, they can be a steady or flashing yellow to draw attention to the location of the crossing.  The control box can receive a wide range of signals enabling the tactiles to be installed at tram stops, train station, railway level crossings, ferry terminals, and shopping centre and train station escalators.

Can LED Safety Tactiles affect the operation of the traffic lights?

The control box of the Vivacity LED Safety Tactiles is designed to prevent any malfunction, should it ever happen, affecting the operation of the connected traffic lights.  It is a ‘one-way’ signal from the lights to the control box for the LED Safety Tactiles.

Will LED Safety Tactiles work if the area is flooded?

The Vivacity LED Safety Tactiles are IP rated and waterproof, with their design including submersion testing.

Are LED Safety Tactiles easily maintained?

The Vivacity LED Safety Tactiles have a replaceable top unit enabling a damaged tactile to be replaced in minutes by a suitably trained maintenance crew.  

Where are the Vivacity LED Safety Tactiles installed?

Vivacity LED Safety Tactiles are installed in Swanston Street, Melbourne, next to the Town Hall, and in Marlow Park in Dunedin, New Zealand.


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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