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Project: "Intelligent system of navigation and access inside buildings."

Co-financing agreement: EUREKA/INCREDISCOPE/1/2018.

Contract date: 08/06/2018

Project value: PLN 654,777.20

Subvention: PLN 441,853.54

Implementation period: 31/05/2018 - 31/03/2021



Project summary: The project is related to the development of an innovative navigation system inside buildings. It is fully autonomous and uses e-paper technology displays. Thanks to the unique system of localization and navigation of people inside the facilities it will be possible to intuitively and naturally guide visitors to their chosen destination. The leader of the project is Visionect, which specializes in displays based on e-paper technology. The project will last three years, and it will contribute not only to introduce new products in the market, but also to the progress in science and technology thanks to the carried out research and experiments. Finally, the acquired knowledge can be potentially used in other products and technologies.


The project is co-financed by the National Center for Research and Development under the EUREKA program.




Incrediscope – smart indoor navigation



Imagine a world where wayfinding signage would address you and your needs individually, where you'd be guided step-by-step from A to B. Where signage would tell you personally when to turn left when to take the escalator, and how long it will take to get to your destination. Where the system would let people know you're running 3 minutes late and they need to hurry up.

Imagine a world where doors would unlock in front of you as you navigate through the building, and you would gain access to the areas where you need to be.

All that and even more without ever taking your smartphone out of your bag.

And finally, imagine a world where first responders would know exactly where people are in the building with pinpoint accuracy and how many are there to correctly execute any rescue operation.




The Need

Indoor wayfinding is inherently confusing as it tries to serve everybody at once. Many times, finding your way from the entrance to your destination requires a lot of skill, asking around, and getting lost.  This problem becomes exponentially large with the size of the building and its diverse use.




A significant improvement is a mobile-based digital indoor navigation solution, but people must still look at their phones to navigate buildings at every turn.

This creates many downsides: from making such a system awkward to use, as it requires at least one free hand to hold the phone and to make people look at the phone, creating potentially dangerous situations, to sometimes making such solutions impossible to use for disabled people. Not to mention the annoying smartphone battery drain and inability to use the phone for other functions while navigating.


The Solution

The solution is an intuitive, hands-free indoor navigation system that addresses every person's wayfinding needs individually.


Electronic paper signs display only the information relevant to users who are in front of the display at that very moment. Everything else is irrelevant and, as such, not shown.


The system guides each person step-by-step from A to B throughout the entire building.  The user's smartphone can be in their pocket or in their bag all the time, with the app running in the background. E-paper displays can indicate estimated times of arrival, handicapped accessible routes, etc.


In summary, the Incrediscope system displays personalized information, does not light-pollute, and is sustainable as it uses electronic paper as the primary display technology.


How it Works

As the user walks in the BLE beacon range (which can be up to 200+ meters but is usually set to much less to increase the battery autonomy), his smartphone app detects the beacon. The beacon sends its unique identification (UID) to the app. Now the app knows where the user is: close to the beacon with this UID.

The app then sends the location of the user to the cloud. The content management system renders the appropriate image (with wayfinding instructions for the user) and sends it to the e-paper display. Instantly, the system delivers personalized information to the display in front of the user.




Consequently, public information displays become much more readable, and at the same time, smaller and more sustainable, especially with e-paper displays.