GoodMaps Use Cases
GoodMaps is working to become a next generation indoor mapping company that uses innovative technologies like LiDAR, AR/VR, and machine learning, to develop highly accurate and useful indoor maps. However, a map on its own provides minimal end-user benefit. By providing maps with apps (Mapplications), venues can fully utilize their buildings while still providing an accessibility service to a broad range of people utilizing their building. GoodMaps takes this to the next level by adding applications which offers turn by turn navigation and other benefits, including:
- Universal Navigation: Indoor navigation for everyone, no matter how they choose to access the space, or the challenges they may face, including those who are blind or low vision, mobility impaired, deaf or hard of hearing, and more.
- Facility Management: Replace out of date paper floor plans with GoodMaps digital maps which can be easily updated and allow venues to fully manage their building.
- Digital Emergency Preparedness: Provide local first responders with access to specific map-views to better prepare in case of an emergency and to quickly create evacuation plans.
- Integrate your Maps: Share your mapping data to integrate with other applications like asset tracking, room booking, public transit feeds, via GoodMaps SDK/API.
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The 3 Components of the GoodMaps Technology
The GoodMaps technology is comprised of three components: mapping, positioning, and the user experience. The technology is a unified spatial and navigation platform for the next gen of spatially aware applications. The hybrid mapping and navigation technology allows for enriched AR/VR, gaming and AI-friendly spatial data applications.
LiDAR Indoor Mapping
GoodMaps efficiently captures highly detailed maps of an indoor space utilizing LiDAR processing and image recognition. The LiDAR scan provides a detailed 3D pointcloud and 3D model of the space which includes key objects (e.g., stairs, furniture) that were present at the time of the scan. Next, GoodMaps extracts slices from every floor scan to produce an accurate and to scale 2D floor plan of the space. Then rooms and points of interest are labeled with help from image recognition and venue owners. This 2D floor plan is provided to the venue owners on the GoodMaps Studio mapping platform. This gives venue owners access to mapped data so they can keep information updated and set permissions levels for different organizational roles.
Camera-based positioning is a new, revolutionary positioning system that relies on geo-referenced images and artificial intelligence (AI). When a building is scanned, it produces both a LiDAR point cloud as well as a geo-referenced image library (i.e., pictures with positioning data associated). Each of those pictures are process and indexed for identifying characteristics (e.g., color, angles, shading, and other dynamic picture qualities). When a user uses the GoodMaps Explore app, it periodically captures camera images and references those images with the original image library of the building. GoodMaps Explore is then able to determine positioning based on the match of the image coming in from the smartphone and the image taken from the original scan. The two primary benefits are highly accurate user location of 2-3 feet and no required installation or maintenance of hardware.
Preference-based User Experiences
GoodMaps is creating a solution that allows users to choose their own preferences, such as step free routing for people with mobility impairments, textual cues and compatibility with braille displays for people who are deaf or deaf-blind, audio prompts for people with visual impairments and a general sighted audience option. GoodMaps is working to implement the “curb-cut effect” with indoor mapping and 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 which were first created to provide wheelchair access on sidewalks but are now universal and no longer widely recognized as a disability-accessibility feature.
GoodMaps is working with a variety of target segments to implement it's indoor mapping and navigation technology. Below are a few of the GoodMaps customers and users in action.
GoodMaps has recently been working with Transpennine Express in the UK to roll out it's technology across the entirety of it's stations for passengers to more efficiently navigate the train stations. GoodMaps is also working with BART in the US to improve the accessibility of multi-functional mobility hubs. Check out the videos of users at Huddersfield, Hull, and Manchester Airport, and newsletter here.
GoodMaps has partnered with 8 universities across the country including Portland State University, University of Louisville, Michigan State University, Marshall University, and more. GoodMaps is also working the Schools for the Blind across the country to improve wayfinding for students at school. Check out a video of how GoodMaps can improve the campus experience for college and school age students.
Leisure & Retail
GoodMaps in the UK has partnered with ASDA to improve the shopping experience for shoppers. The navigation technology will allow shoppers to quickly and easily find specific product types by aisle numbers throughout the store. Read more about the efforts here. In addition to shopping, GoodMaps in the US is working to bring the technology to conference venues and hotels across the country to make conferences more accessible for all attendees. Check out the M-Enabling video showing the impact for conference goer's.
GoodMaps has partnered with Casey Eye Institute to improve navigation within the hospital buildings for patients who are blind or low vision. A majority of their patients have a visual impairment and finding your way around a hospital whether blind or sighted, can be extremely difficult. GoodMaps is working to streamline the patient experience.
GoodMaps is beginning partnerships with corporations in the US, UK, and Canada to make corporate campuses more accessible for all people including employees with disabilities. By implementing GoodMaps technology, corporations can increase the diversity and inclusion of their workforce by making their work environment more accessible and welcoming. Watch as a blind and sighted user navigate a corporate space.