The indoor/outdoor voice navigation system:

  • Guides users with turn-by-turn directions and accessible route guidance
  • Leverages beacons instrumented inside a building to help recognize a user’s location
  • Personalizes the way in which the directions are delivered, such as audibly or via haptic cues
  • Can be used in many different locations, such as airports, hospitals, office buildings, and shopping malls

Video demo

IBM Research, in conjunction with Shimizu Corporation and Mitsui Fudosan implemented the solution in an underground pedestrian walkway and shopping center of Nihonbashi-Muromachi, a popular downtown district in Tokyo, Japan.