Route4U wins Smart Dublin ‘Wayfinding’ tender

A couple of months back we’ve had the opportunity (thanks to Budapest Enterprise Agency) to exhibit in Ireland at Future Scope 2017 and we could also introduce Route4U in the Dublin City Hall.

Tibor presenting Route4U in Dublin City Hall (May, 2017)

 

Our general experience during those intensive four days we spent ‘overseas’ was that there’s quite a great interest there in what we are doing with Route4U. We got tons of questions from representatives of Cities, NGOs, politicians, businesses, competitors and even from the media (this is the interview that the Irish Tech News made with me). And on the top of it, we found the

Wayfinding Challenge of Smart Dublin

in which Smart Dublin and the Grangegorman Development Agency are seeking low cost, mobile, smart, innovative, universally designed, indoor and outdoor wayfinding solutions.

Wayfinding Challenge poster

 

Robert Moore, Client BIM/Information Manager, Grangegorman Development Agency said on the wayfinding challenge:

We are seeking to find a creative solution to help people of all abilities, find their way seamlessly around the indoor and outdoor areas of the Grangegorman campus. This solution should reflect the open and interconnected nature of the new campus. We were soon joined by Smart Dublin as they could see the wider appeal to a solution to this challenge and how it could be utilised in a broader way across the region. Ultimately we are seeking a revolutionary navigation system for all.

We mapped a part of Swords (city North from Dublin), one of the three sample areas.

Reading this we realized that it is very similar to what we already have or plan to implement in the future. We had the feeling that it is just the right place and right time for us and we definitely MUST give it a try.

So we applied in writing, and a few months later we got an invitation to Dublin to pitch about our solution and future plans. Propositions and needs seemed to match because four days later we have received an email saying that

Route4U has been selected

for cooperation for Phase One of the program. In this Phase One we are to prepare a concept proposal on what and how we plan to implement in Phase Two on three pilot areas. Funny enough that with our technology it was possible to quickly map one of the trial locations, in fact a greater area than marked off by the tenderer. We could do our demo during our pitch session on up and running live data. So, a part of the job for Phase Two is already done. :-)

We will be back in Dublin in mid September to start working on the project and we are eagerly looking forward to meet as many people as possible to learn more about the footpath mobility issues and challenges in Ireland.


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