PROPRIATARY Indoor Navigation and Mapping Software
The prerequisites for our mobile wayfinding application were defined by a team of wayfinding experts with over 35 years of experience in large scale wayfinding projects in Northwestern Europe and Scandinavia , the world’s epicentre of wayfinding design and innovation.
This long and painstaking iterative process resulted in the development of the Eyedog mobile wayfinding platform.
Our platform was developed in-house which means that Eyedog holds the intellectual property of the total platform. We think this is crucial to offer the best mobile wayfinding experience to users now and in the future. User experience is not just limited to mobile apps cosmetics, but finds its way back to the deepest fundaments of the architecture of the total system. Eyedog acknowledges this.
Our software is distributed by the world’s most innovative wayfinding design companies and consultants. Together with our scientific partners at the Ghent University, they are committed to provide expert feedback aiming to improve our mobile wayfinding platform year after year. It is therefor paramount that the ownership of the intellectual property of the total platform belongs to Eyedog.
Key Elements of the Eyedog Mobile Wayfinding Platform
The Eyedog mobile wayfinding platform consists of native mobile wayfinding apps (Android and iOS), web-apps, and a web application for staffed information desks or non-staffed kiosks. All front-end apps connect to the rich Eyedog Mobile Wayfinding API.
Buildings are modelled in the propriatory Eyedog MapEditor. The wayfinding modelling capabiities of the Eyedog MapEditor are unique in the market. The Eyedog MapEditor can model any wayfinding situation regardless size of the building, the number of floors, interconnections with other buildings, number of POI’s, elevators, escalators, etc. But also preferred paths, special routes for physical impaired, multiple buildings on a campus, outdoor navigation, or rare situations like in-level elevators, building connectors connecting different floors, etc.
And, in the very rare case we are confronted with a wayfinding challenge that require changes to the mobile wayfinding modelling engine, we simply update our platform!
Indoor Positioning System (IPS)
One of the key features of Eyedog is that the facility does not require to install costly external hardware like beacons or location servers for location tracking. Eyedog Indoor Navigation does not even require an IPS to be installed to function!
Eyedog IPS Module
Wether an Indoor Positioning System (IPS) is useful, totally depends on the facility type and how the visitors typically use that facility. It requires research to understand the typical wayfinding related behaviour of the visitors of the building. Again, user experience comes first; after that we will look into the technology, if required.
Only Indoor Positioning Systems that are able to provide micro location data to the user, may enhance the usability of Eyedog Indoor Navigation. Accurate real time location data of the user, will enable our navigation system to notify the user in the rare occasion the user takes a wrong turn or provide automatic location detection avoiding the user to manually pick their location. Besides, Indoor Positioning Systems generate user data which can be valuable to facilities in combination with the Eyedog Analytics Module.
Eyedog Indoor Positioning System
When choosing for the Eyedog IPS Module on top of the regular mobile wayfinding service, Eyedog offers by default the most advanced indoor positioning system available in the market today. It can operate indoors and outdoors without relying on infrastructure such as WiFi Access Points, Bluetooth Beacons or even GPS. So, no external hardware required! And it works without having ever visited the facility before, meaning that no finger-printing is required and no internet connection is required when operational! The IPS uses advanced pedestrian dead-reackoning and is totally software based. It processes data from the accelerometers and gyroscopes built into mobile devices, applying Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques to achieve unrivalled accuracy. The accuracy range is 0,1m - 3,0 meters, the refresh rate is 10 times per second and no maintenance is required.
3rd party indoor positioning systems
Eyedog, is able to connect to any positioning system creating micro-location data using WiFi stations, BTLE beacons, SLAM, fingerprinting technologies, sensor fusion, computer vision, LED, earth magnetic fields, etc. As long as the Indoor Positioning System is able to provide an accurate (2-4 meter) and stable (small standard deviation) set of lat/long coordinates, we know how to handle it with our proprietary Machine Learning algorithms.
Contact us for more information on indoor positioning systems and how they relate to Eyedog.