Tactile Indicators

TGSIs or Tactile Ground Surface Indicators are a mandatory item in any new build or alteration that provide early warning of possible hazards to blind or vision-impaired people. These hazards would include but are not limited to, stairs, ramps, road crossings, bus and train platforms and overhead hazards.
Tactiles can be split into two types: Warning or hazard tactiles which warn as to a hazard in the pedestrian’s line of travel, and directional tactile indicators which are used to indicate and guide changes in direction from the pedestrian’s line of travel.
Both types are available in different materials such as polymeric, stainless steel and brass which can be selected depending on the location and budget of the particular application.

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Tactiles - Stainless Steel with Long Stem

Individual Tactiles

Individual tactile indicators are powerful tools that provide tactile cues to aid individuals with visual impairments in navigating public spaces with confidence.

Tactiles - Fibreglass Hazard Tiles

Integrated Tactiles

Integrated tactile indicators redefine how individuals with visual impairments experience public spaces.


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What are tactile indicators?

Tactile indicators are raised surfaces with distinct patterns that are used to assist individuals with visual impairments in navigating public spaces. They provide tactile and sensory cues, alerting people to changes in the environment, such as approaching hazards or directional changes.

What types of tactile indicators do you offer?

At Sterling Supplies, we offer two types of tactile indicators: Individual Tactile Indicators and Integrated Tactile Indicators.

What are Individual Tactile Indicators?

Individual Tactile Indicators are stand-alone units that can be installed individually or in combination to create tactile patterns. They are available in various materials and designs to suit different applications.

What are the different types of Individual Tactile Indicators you offer?

Our range of Individual Tactile Indicators includes tactile indicators with stem and peel and stick tactiles. Each type serves a specific purpose and can be selected based on your requirements

What materials are available for Tactile Indicators?

Our Tactile Indicators are available in a variety of materials, including stainless steel, brass, and polymeric options. These materials offer different benefits in terms of durability, aesthetics, and performance, allowing you to choose the most suitable material for your specific application.


What are Integrated Tactile Indicators?

Integrated Tactile Indicators are a type of tactile ground surface indicators (TGSI) that consist of a series of raised dots on a backing plate. They are installed as a complete unit on pedestrian surfaces, providing tactile cues and warnings to assist individuals with visual impairments in safely navigating the built environment

What types of Integrated Tactile Indicators do you offer?

Our range of Integrated Tactile Indicators includes Stainless Steel Carpet Systems, Stainless Steel Plates and Polymeric Tactile Pads. These products are specifically designed for different environments and applications.

Do your tactile indicators meet AS/NZS Standards?

Yes, at Sterling Supplies, we prioritize the quality and compliance of our products. Our tactile indicators are designed and manufactured to meet the AS/NZS 1428.4.1:2009 standards for Design for Access and Mobility – Part 4.1: Means to Assist the Orientation of People with Vision Impairment.

Do you provide installation services for tactile indicators?

Yes, we offer professional installation services for our tactile indicators. Our experienced team ensures precise installation, adhering to the recommended guidelines and best practices to ensure optimal functionality and longevity of the products.

How can I request installation services for tactile indicators?

To request our installation services, please contact our customer service team. They will guide you through the process, provide you with a detailed quotation, and schedule a convenient installation date based on your requirements.

How are peel and stick tactile indicators installed?

 Peel and stick tactile indicators are designed for easy installation. The adhesive backing allows for a simple peel-and-stick process. Clean and prepare the surface, peel off the protective backing, and firmly press the tactile indicator onto the desired location. Ensure that the surface is clean, dry, and free from any dust or debris for optimal adhesion

Can peel and stick tactile indicators be removed and reinstalled?

Peel and stick tactile indicators are generally intended for permanent installation. While they can be removed, reinstallation may not be as secure, and it is recommended to replace the indicators with new ones to ensure proper adhesion and functionality.

Can individual tactile indicators with stems be installed on various surfaces?

Yes, individual tactile indicators with stems can be installed on a variety of surfaces, including concrete, timber, tiles, and more. It is important to ensure that the substrate is suitable for installation and that the correct adhesive and fixing methods are used for each specific surface type.

While it is possible to install individual tactile indicators with stems on your own, we highly recommend professional installation to ensure accurate placement and proper adherence to installation guidelines. At Sterling Supplies, we have the necessary expertise and tools to ensure a precise and reliable installation.

Why is colour contrast important for tactile indicators?

Colour contrast plays a vital role in enhancing the visibility and effectiveness of tactile indicators. It ensures that individuals with visual impairments can easily differentiate and perceive the tactile indicators, providing them with essential information about their surroundings and potential hazards.

The recommended colour contrast requirements for tactile indicators are outlined in the AS/NZS 1428.4.1:2009 standards. According to the guidelines, there should be a minimum luminance contrast of 45% (for individual tactile indicators) and 30% (for Tactile Plates) between the tactile indicators and the background surface. This ensures sufficient visual distinction for individuals with varying levels of visual impairment.

How can I test the colour contrast of tactile indicators?

 At Sterling Supplies, we understand the importance of colour contrast for tactile indicators. To assist our customers in evaluating colour contrast, we provide the Light Reflectance Value (LRV) rating for all our tactile indicators. LRV indicates the relative lightness or darkness of a colour and helps assess the contrast between the tactile indicator and the background surface.

What is the LRV rating of your tactile indicators?

The LRV rating is specific to each tactile indicator. We provide the LRV rating as part of the product specifications, allowing you to compare and select the appropriate tactile indicators to meet your desired level of contrast.

Can you explain how the LRV rating helps determine colour contrast?

The LRV rating is a numeric value that ranges from 0 (black) to 100 (white). By comparing the LRV rating of the tactile indicator with the LRV rating of the background surface, you can assess the contrast level. The greater the difference in LRV values, the higher the contrast and visibility of the tactile indicator.

Do you offer on-site luminance testing services?

 Yes, in addition to providing LRV ratings, we offer on-site luminance testing services for our customers. Our experienced team can visit your location to conduct comprehensive luminance testing, ensuring that the colour contrast of the tactile indicators meets the necessary standards and requirements.

How can I request on-site luminance testing services for my project?

 If you require on-site luminance testing services, please contact our customer service team to discuss your specific needs and project requirements.