Whilst you may rely on GPS to guide you outside or place you on a map, inside a building you may find the GPS signal you rely on bounces around and becomes very erratic. However we spend up to 90% of our time indoors, so what are the solutions for digital internal wayfinding? And could beacons be the answer?
Approximately 1 person in 30 across the UK are living with sight loss. This is set to increase dramatically in the future; an ageing population, coupled with a growth in key underlying causes of sight loss such as obesity and diabetes, means that the number of people affected is set to rise from 2 million to nearly 4 million by 2050.
Maynard are thrilled to be winners of the Smart London District Challenge competition. The objective for this challenge was to generate smart wayfinding innovations that help London’s residents, visitors, businesses and developers better connect with their surroundings both physically and digitally.
Following our recent entry in the institute for sustainability London Smart Districts Digital Wayfinding competition, the studio has been pursuing our interest in enabling smart cities solutions through intelligent and interconnected physical assets.
As we know well from our work on the Crossrail art Program, art plays an important role in giving stations an identity and engaging passengers. In some stations it actually attracts people to the station. In others, art helps people identify stations which otherwise might look quite similar.