Project Summary

Indoor positioning and indoor wayfinding received a lot of attention in recent years, it is considered a technology with great market potential and growing importance. Good wayfinding and easy indoor navigation can also contribute to the accessibility of buildings for people with reduced mobility. It increases their chances for independence and social participation.
There exists a lot of confusion about how to obtain a good indoor navigation and wayfinding plan. Several options are available and should work complementary to obtain an optimal result:
  • The provision of assistive technology: e.g. the provision of tactile walking surface indicators or braille for visually impaired people,…
  • The built environment: e.g. conveniently arranged building layout, good signage, adequate lighting and provision of contrasts,…
  • An application on smartphone or tablet that helps you to navigate inside a building
The choice for one or more of the above options will depend on the size and complexity of a building site and the available budget, but it is clear that the quality of the obtained result will depend on the expectations that were set. Indoor navigation with smartphone or tablet is very promising. It could guarantee that indoor navigation becomes inclusive for all users.  Other examples also consider users with motor impairment (route selection based on the avoidance of steps or stairs and the selection of routes with sufficient width) or persons with an auditory impairment (navigation to a retail counter with induction loop).
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