GoodMaps Makes Facilities More Accessible, Safe, and Inclusive

GoodMaps Pioneering Mapping Technology and Navigation System Offers Your Venue Users Superior Indoor and Outdoor Wayfinding

I think in terms of interface and simplicity, this one has it nailed.
Steve, GoodMaps Explore user

A Revolution in Indoor Wayfinding

GPS applications to map the outdoor environment are already available. Chances are that you have used one of these apps to help you drive to an unfamiliar location.

What if there was a similar technology to create turn-by-turn digital maps for indoor spaces?...

There are a handful of indoor mapping technologies in current use which utilize beacons and other equipment to help users to navigate.

GoodMaps represents a revolution in indoor mapping and navigation.

GoodMaps Studio can create highly accurate digital maps that rely on camera positioning to navigate users through spaces without the need for infrastructure installation. Eliminating beacons makes GoodMaps easier to implement and provides remarkable accuracy down to a few feet which far surpasses other traditional systems.

Why Are Indoor Digital Maps Useful?

Fewer than 300,000 buildings worldwide have a digitized map of their indoor spaces. However, a map without an application provides minimal end-user benefit. GoodMaps takes this to the next level by adding point-to-point navigation and numerous benefits below.

Indoor navigation and wayfinding - People can navigate unique and complex spaces by using GoodMaps‘ infrastructure-free solution that provides precise turn-by-turn directions, similar to driving in a car, but for walking indoors.

Emergency preparedness - You can be more prepared for emergencies by equipping local first responders with building data from GoodMaps. Maps help responders find an emergency quickly and direct building occupants to evacuate safely.

Facility management - GoodMaps can collect building data easily and affordably to help you leverage the full capabilities of your space.

ADA compliance - Without a mapping system in place, you could be open to lawsuits for non-compliance with ADA. Providing maps created with GoodMaps can make your facility more accessible and inclusive to any individual. whether they are blind, low vision, mobility impaired, etc. Offering universal accessibility can boost your organization‘s reputation in your community.

Presenting the GoodMaps System

The GoodMaps system consists of GoodMaps Studio, which gathers, processes, and stores your map data.

The data from GoodMaps Studio powers the GoodMaps Explore application.

GoodMaps Explore leverages the data to provide a customized experience for many different use cases.

Users can navigate with maps using voice, tactile, or text prompts to find their desired destinations within your space.

Data from GoodMaps Studio can also be used in other applications, like Apple Maps.

GoodMaps provides APIs/SDKs to use for building your own navigation apps as well.

GoodMaps Is Easy and Cost-Effective to Implement

Add advanced wayfinding and navigation technology to your venue at a lower cost than traditional hardware-based beacon systems.

Generating your maps is a quick 4-step process.

A LiDAR scanner gathers 360-degree images, measurements, and video data to generate your facility maps. There is no equipment to install, monitor or maintain.

GoodMaps Studio maps are highly accurate.

Your maps are created in GoodMaps Studio through automated LiDAR processing and image recognition AI.

You can selectively share the different sections of your map.

GoodMaps Studio allows you to create access permissions for your map to keep your building data secure.

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GoodMaps Enhances Access and Enjoyment of Your Space for All

The GoodMaps Explore app makes your facility more welcoming for everyone, no matter how they prefer to explore a location.

Learning to use the GoodMaps Explore app is quick and easy for users.

GoodMaps Explore has extensive tutorials to teach users how to use the various features of the app in just a few minutes.

Maps are accurate to within a few feet of a point of interest (POI).

GoodMaps Explore uses camera positioning to track users within your space without the need to install, maintain or monitor hardware beacons.

Users can choose what app they use to access your map navigation data.

GoodMaps Studio data can be used by third-party applications like Apple Maps, Google Maps, Open Street Maps and others.

How Does It Work?

There are 4 easy steps to create your accessible building maps with GoodMaps Studio.

Step 1

A GoodMaps technician scans your whole facility with a LiDAR backpack. The scan takes about as long as it would take for you to walk the entirety of the building. The equipment records 360-degree images, measurement data, and video footage to compile your map.

Step 2

We develop an accurate and detailed map from the scan and image data. We tag all points of interest such as restrooms, offices, dining, AED devices, IT closets, fire exits, etc. GoodMaps Studio processes and hosts all of the map data. Goodmaps Studio also generates 3 different map views — 2D floorplan, LiDAR point cloud and 3D model.

Step 3

View and edit your map in GoodMaps Studio. You can add location names in multiple languages, update points of interest, like restrooms, and set up access permissions for various sections of your map.

Step 4

Publish your map to our GoodMaps Explore navigation app and any other platforms you choose. GoodMaps offers an SDK to facilitate third-party app development.

Being able to hear what streets I am crossing instills independence in me as a blind person. Explore equips me with information about streets in my city, thus, knowing what street is where and how to get there.
Warren C.

Get to Know GoodMaps

We‘d like to offer a brief explanation of our company history and unique qualifications for our mission.

GoodMaps was born out of the American Printing House for the Blind, and founded in Louisville, Kentucky in 2019.

The founders realized there was a lack of effective indoor navigation systems for people with visual impairments and sought to fill that gap.

In just 2 short years, GoodMaps has gone from being a pioneer in accessible indoor and outdoor navigation for people who are blind or visually impaired, to a holistic solution for all individuals regardless of ability level. It gives an unprecedented level of independence to those with visual impairments and other disabilities.

GoodMaps is working to implement the “curb-cut effect” with indoor mapping and indoor navigation.

The “curb-cut effect” is the phenomenon of disability-friendly features being used and appreciated by a larger group than the people they were designed for.

The phenomenon is named for curb cuts – miniature ramps comprising parts of sidewalk They were first created to provide wheelchair access on sidewalks, but are now universal and no longer widely recognized as a disability-accessibility feature.

Another example is closed captioning, which was originally designed for hearing-impaired individuals, but later adopted by hearing-abled people as a way to easily enjoy video content.

The first audio book was recorded in the basement of the American Printing House for the Blind for blind veterans coming back from war, but is now a widely-used format for consuming books.

GoodMaps began with a visually-impaired user base that found navigating independently challenging and cumbersome. From this it has evolved and developed into providing an enriching solution to all; which happens to be fully accessible to those needing additional features.

GoodMaps Explore offers all users a way to easily understand their surroundings as they move through different areas. It aids wayfinding outdoors by identifying city streets and landmarks by name and indoors by directing users to the different areas in your facility. Users can preview your space before their arrival to form a mental picture of the layout and pre-plan their activities.

Our list of venues is growing daily, throughout the US, Canada, UK and Ireland.

Get to Know GoodMaps

The GoodMaps pricing model is built upon square footage of your building, also referred to as the “gross internal area.” When you speak with a GoodMaps consultant, we can provide a pricing estimate for your building by considering the overall size of the space.

The fee structure includes an upfront fee for the scanning and mapping of the space and a yearly annual license subscription for the hosting and maintenance of the data.

As a comparison, the GoodMaps solution is often less expensive than hiring a full time employee to direct and guide individuals within your space.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know my data is secure?

We host all of your data in the cloud with AWS. We used closed authentication mechanisms to be sure that only authorized users gain access.

How do I justify the cost of your service if it only provides navigation for persons with visual impairments?

GoodMaps helps ANYONE accessing or using your building as a visitor,employee, contractor, etc. GoodMaps has multiple...

How do I update my maps?

We recommend that the venue owner designate a data owner for the building. That person can access GoodMaps Studio...

How do users access my maps?

End users access your maps via the GoodMaps Explore app. GoodMaps Explore provides voice, touch, or text-assisted...

Explore is awesome, as it works with speech, a Braille display or both together.
Bob S.

Enhance the Experience of Your Venue for Every Visitor with GoodMaps

The GoodMaps mission is to improve the accessibility, safety, and productivity of indoor and outdoor spaces. We do this by maintaining accurate and secure 2D and 3D map data in GoodMaps Studio. Our user-friendly GoodMaps Explore app continues to delight users with a trusted wayfinding experience that is easy to learn and use.