If you’ve ever spent as much time as I recently have in a new hospital, you know the frustration of labyrinthine layouts, poor signage, and spaces crammed with utility. If you’ve been really unfortunate, you’ve felt the perverse sense of accomplishment that comes from being able to confidently navigate from emergency to the ultrasound lab to the coffee shop without asking for directions or getting completely lost.
As our indoor spaces get more complex (my local hospital, a result of several expansions and renovations over the years, is an excellent example) we increasingly need to find new methods of wayfinding (getting from point A to point B) beyond a 2D map, a legend, and a “you are here” dot, all of which are likely out of date by the time they are printed and mounted.
I’m not alone in thinking this and so over the next few posts, I’ll review here the current state of development and address separately the three problems to solve simultaneously: “Where am I?” (indoor positioning) Where do I need to be? (indoor mapping), How do I get there from here? (indoor navigation).
Stay tuned for part 1 “Indoor Positioning” and let me know if you have anything specific you would like covered. I’ve got lots of good stuff but am always interested to hear new things.