Very beneficial wayfinding app for Volkswagen now live. Where is Einstein?

The question, “where is Einstein”, or more precisely, where is conference room “Einstein” in Volkswagen’s IT City, was answered very spontaneously and very successfully during the past live tests of Favendo’s wayfinding function.

In the past weeks, Favendo has set up an indoor positioning system together with the Volkswagen project team. The system has now been successfully tested live for iOS and Android systems in a main building. The innovative building complex near Wolfsburg includes office space for Volkswagen’s some 1,500 IT experts and is already designed for expansion. In addition, there is a building with a company restaurant with around 550 seats. There are also 1000 parking slots on the area. No wonder that especially guests and new employees have difficulties to find their way around the IT City.

Indoor Positioning, Wayfinding and Proximity-Functions

This became clear once again during a live test last week. The test suddenly turned into a reality check for the system and for Favendos adapted whitelabel app. The app was adapted by Favendo for the Volkswagen project under the working title “we guide u”. The App enables positioning and navigation functions. It also provides precise information on specific locations via a POI (Point of Interest) function. App icon and graphical user interface were provided in the new Volkswagen CI. The multilingual app communicates with 500 Bluetooth transmitters installed in the building. It permanently calculates the live position of the user on the client side, i.e. on the device, in order to enable turn-by-turn indoor navigation.

indoor positioning enables wayfinding/indoor navigation app
indoor positioning enables wayfinding/indoor navigation app

Back to Einstein: During the live testing, our tester, with the app in his hand, met a desperate parcel courier who was just looking for the conference room “Einstein”. That the man could be helped was immediately clear to our colleague on site. The filter function was quickly used to find the appropriate room, the live navigation was activated at the touch of a finger and together they took the shortest route to the conference room, where the parcel found its grateful recipient. Unfortunately, the messenger’s request for an immediate download could not yet be granted. The app is currently only available to selected Volkswagen employees. 

All RTLS services provided as SDK

The project was initially planned to run for two years. In the next step an outdoor navigation system for the company campus will be integrated. This step will be completed in the coming weeks. In the final stage, the functionalities will be integrated into a new Volkswagen app.

Favendo provides all RTLS functionalities as an easy to integrate Software Development Kit (SDK). The SDK is available for iOS and Android. Core functions are indoor positioning, indoor navigation, asset tracking and proximity solutions.

The Favendo Commander SDK comes with the MapSDK. The MapSDK is one of the basic UI components of all applications developed at Favendo. It allows to integrate own indoor maps into an existing app.

More about wayfinding by Favendo:

Favendo is specialized in mobile indoor positioning, tracking and navigation/wayfinding solutions. Favendo has already installed similar installations like the current system set-up for Volkswagen in numerous European shopping malls, office buildings and on cruise ships. The positioning and navigation algorithm also guides passengers at Frankfurt Airport.

Favendo calculates positionings using the RSSI and AoA methods and can thus achieve positioning accuracies in the sub-meter range for its customers.

Favendo is specialized in mobile indoor positioning, tracking and navigation solutions. Favendo has already installed infrastructures similar to the current system set-up for Volkswagen in numerous European shopping malls, office buildings and cruise ships. The positioning and navigation algorithm also guides passengers at Frankfurt Airport. Favendo calculates positionings using the RSSI and AoA methods and can thus achieve positioning accuracies in the sub-meter range for its customers.

Our services also include installation and roll-out of bluetooth infrastructures. Favendo also offers this service as a stand-alone service for customers. A variety of technological partnerships ensure that Favendo has the right solution for every customer requirement in its portfolio.


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