Test out GoodMaps Explore indoor navigation app at ATIA 2022

GoodMaps provides indoor mapping and navigation to make buildings accessible, safe and inclusive. Download the GoodMaps Explore app below and try it out today at ATIA.

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  • Facility Management: Replace out of date paper floor plans with GoodMaps digital maps which can be easily updated and allow venues to fully manage their building.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

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 Segments

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.

Transportation

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.

Education

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.

Healthcare

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.

Corporate

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.

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Tech Partners

GoodMaps is working to create meaningful technology partnerships that are focused on building accessible tools for people with all abilities. GoodMaps believes that by bringing innovative solutions to the table leaders in accessibility and technology can come together to develop solutions that benefit the greater good. GoodMaps has developed a robust SDK and API kit that can be used in a multitude of ways that bring additional value to the indoor maps.

One of our large tech partners includes Intel who is committed to creating a more responsible, inclusive, and sustainable world, enabled through innovative technologies and the expertise of partners who advance Intel’s purpose: “to create world-changing technology that enriches the lives of every person on earth”. In these efforts, GoodMaps and Intel are working together with a long-term goal of creating powerful multipurpose maps creating a value proposition beyond accessibility to bring broad benefits to venue’s owners. Check out the Intel video and read the GoodMaps & Intel White Paper.

Some of these R&D vectors include:

  • LiDAR and robot-based digitalization technologies to improve the point cloud acquisition process for fast and efficiency indoor mapping.
  • AI Cloud Services to host global and dynamic positioning inference models via optimized workflows on Intel XPUs.
  • Real-time object detection and path planning delivering optimal navigation experiences.
  • Binaural spatial audio for virtual and real-time navigation.

Distribution Partners

GoodMaps feels that with distributors it can see the true impact of making indoor spaces more accessible across the globe. With global expansion, accessibility can be taken to the next level by spreading navigation and wayfinding technology throughout the world. With the widespread impact, GoodMaps can improve the lives of citizens who are disabled across the globe.

GoodMaps current global partners include Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) and the UK. CNIB has begun it's work to distribute GoodMaps to government buildings, art museums, colleges and more in Canada. GoodMaps has built a UK arm by bringing on a VP of Europe to begin expansion and bringing on retail, transportation, banking, and other corporate companies. Check out the CNIB office video and the UK transportation video here to learn more about the impact of taking GoodMaps global.