AudioEye Ally Toolbar to Provide Enhanced Accessibility and Usability for SSA Website Visitors
TUCSON, Ariz., Oct. 17, 2017 -- AudioEye, Inc. (OTCQB: AEYE) ("AudioEye" or the "Company") today announced that they, in partnership with Global TechPro, LLC, were selected by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide web usability tools for their website socialsecurity.gov. The site, which experiences average monthly visits between 12.9 and 22 million, is also accessed by more than 65,000 Federal employees.
The site, which is compliant with ADA-related accessibility requirements, serves a population well over the total average age of the Internet by double, for adults 55 – 64 and 75+. Through the contract, AudioEye will embed and manage the Ally Toolbar, a set of web tools that allow site visitors to customize their experience in a manner that is more conducive to the effective consumption of digital information.
Through an exhaustive vetting and selection process, the SSA evaluated solutions that would assist site visitors who experience everyday challenges such as low vision, hearing loss, dyslexia, epilepsy and color-blindness, all which can result in added difficulty in seeing, hearing, reading, comprehending English and/or reading online content. Key to the awarding of the contract, was that the solution be secure, cloud-based, addressing the requirements of a range of abilities, while supporting thousands of concurrent users, and would not require any changes to the site content.
"Nearly nine out of ten individuals age 65 and older receive Social Security benefits. Given that 64% of the U.S. population 65+ are active Internet users and more than 6% have a visual disability, makes a strong single case for the need to improve usability of the SSA site," said AudioEye CEO, Todd Bankofier. "However, that is only one demographic for which our tool will enhance the experience. Many levels of cognitive disabilities can be addressed as well as those that impact mobility, hearing or vision. This is a great step towards even greater inclusivity."
The Ally Toolbar, a proprietary assistive tool, will be placed directly on the socialsecurity.gov site, allowing users to customize and enhance their experience. The Ally Toolbar was developed with considerations including dyslexic fonts, adjustments to color contrast, font size and navigation, keyboard controls, a player that will read visitors content and the ability to use voice commands to navigate. "It is a game-changing tool that addresses the range of challenges that can inhibit a website visitor's ability to fully interact with and consume digital content. We are proud to serve an organization that impacts so many," said Mr. Bankofier.
"As a professional IT services firm, we value innovation, we also value the mission of making digital content more accessible to those with a wide range of abilities," said Aun Mohammad, Executive Vice President of Global TechPro, LLC, a Washington Metro area-based professional services IT services firm. He added, "This is an opportunity to work with a leader in the digital accessibility space while serving an important function of a key Federal agency," added Mr. Mohammad.
About Global TechPro LLC
Global TechPro, LLC, is a minority women-owned business, located in Vienna, Virginia. We present convenient contract options to work with us using the following contracting vehicles: GSA IT Schedule 70, GSA MOBIS, and GSA Alliant Government wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC).
About AudioEye, Inc.
More accessible. More usable. More people.
AudioEye's common stock trades on the OTCQB under the symbol "AEYE." The Company maintains offices in Tucson, Atlanta and Washington D.C. For more information about AudioEye and its online accessibility solutions, please visit https://www.audioeye.com.
For Further information, please contact:
Todd Bankofier, Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (520) 308-6140
Aun Mohammad, Executive Vice President
Global TechPro, LLC
Phone: (703) 288-4770
Matt Kreps, Darrow Associates Investor Relations, (AudioEye, Inc.)
Phone: (512) 696-6401