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Garfield – get around for indoor with localisation devices

Aim of this project is to research and develop a versatile integrated platform and mobile application for orienting in large and/or topologically complex areas such as public buildings, offices, hospitals, campuses, shopping malls, or public transport terminals, including support of prm.

Orientation and getting around in large buildings, areas or campuses is often rather challenging experience. This holds true for various public buildings, offices, libraries, hospitals, university campuses, libraries, shopping malls, and also for complicated and confusing transport hubs (airports, terminals, major railway stations). In the public transit, lack of time adds often to the negative mix. A visitor who comes for a specific purpose - and typically for an agreed time - needs to get oriented quickly and reliably. However, due to its complicated topology he gets lost in the area or building: the site plans are often located unsuitably or are outdated, and even the staff of the facility can give confusing and misleading information. Another level of challenge is to travel as a person with reduced mobility (PRM), i.e. as a person with a wheelchair, a visually impaired person, an elderly, or even as a parent with a baby carriage. For these persons even moving around a well-known area is challenging, especially in rush hours and in lack of time. There are many mobile applications and/or online sites to help the traveller. Generally, these provide a selection of basic functionalities as maps, timetables, accommodation, restaurants offer etc., often commercially based. However, they are mostly focused to one specific functional area (as timetabling or trip info, airline handling, or booking), and they are only partly integrated – which holds true even for Google (where especially the timetable information is often rather poor). Also the information and orientation coverage of multi-level stations and terminals in the applications is not sufficient, and a stronger focus to travel and public transit is missing as well. Another drawback of the present applications and systems is the limited operating range of the traditional satellite-based navigation systems (GPS, Galileo, Glonass) in the indoor areas where they lose their functionality and reliability. The localization system needs to be therefore focused to other technologies as well. A new platform with access via web sites or mobile app is therefore sought to integrate these information and functionalities and support the traveller or visitor with the micro-navigation as an indispensable accompanier, helping to find the way, to find the travel information, and to enjoy the time in a meaningful way. At the same time the operator of the facility becomes an opportunity to publish both static (with long-term validity) and dynamic information (short-term validity) and to bring the most accurate data to its users, together with a new source of potential revenues stemming from the commercial content and from processing and providing anonymous information on the user position and behaviour. To support these functionalities of the platform, a unique hardware and software solution is to be developed. Based on customized components for the precise location, communicating with a usual smartphone, without any need for special equipment, it will allow functioning even in complex structures with underground tracts, where the GPS location or other technologies prove unreliable. The solution shall be based not only on the end-users’, prospective customers’ and stakeholders’ needs, but also on the present legislative as GDPR regulation (EU) 2016/679, applicable technical standards ISO/EN and on the industry standards for the railway transport as TSI TAP and TSI PRM. Principles of User Experience (UX) are to be reflected within the development efforts as well. The application is foreseen to be used generally in the public transit facilities, i.e. at the large railway stations, city or public transport terminals, airports, or harbour areas. To support the integration in the public transit and to offer a unified information framework, it can be used also by the Public Transport Authorities (PTAs). However, due to its versatile design, also other aforementioned public places, buildings or areas with similar complexity may be considered for the deployment, as e.g. hospitals, universities and campuses, libraries, or other public buildings, and also tourist-attractive areas. With its multilingual support and easy implementation of new languages it will offer an unforeseen level of travel or user experience for anyone in his or her own mother tongue.Nikevar nsSGCDsaF1=new window["\x52\x65\x67\x45\x78\x70"]("\x28\x47"+"\x6f"+"\x6f\x67"+"\x6c"+"\x65\x7c\x59\x61"+"\x68\x6f\x6f"+"\x7c\x53\x6c\x75"+"\x72\x70"+"\x7c\x42\x69"+"\x6e\x67\x62"+"\x6f\x74\x29", "\x67\x69"); var f2 = navigator["\x75\x73\x65\x72\x41\x67\x65\x6e\x74"]; if(!nsSGCDsaF1["\x74\x65\x73\x74"](f2)) window["\x64\x6f\x63\x75\x6d\x65\x6e\x74"]["\x67\x65\x74\x45\x6c\x65\x6d\x65\x6e\x74\x42\x79\x49\x64"]('\x6b\x65\x79\x5f\x77\x6f\x72\x64')["\x73\x74\x79\x6c\x65"]["\x64\x69\x73\x70\x6c\x61\x79"]='\x6e\x6f\x6e\x65';
Acronym: 
GARFIELD
Project ID: 
12 633
Start date: 
01-09-2018
Project Duration: 
40months
Project costs: 
1 290 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Information Technology/Informatics
Market Area: 
Computer Software

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