It is announced that Warsaw, capital of Poland (EU), will run a beacons project worth over $1.25 million (€1 million) submitted by Ifinity. Beacons venture has been chosen amongst 155 European cities participating in Bloomberg Mayors Challenge.As we wrote about Ifinity, a Polish company offering tailor-made ibeacons microlocation services, will lead the Virtual Warsaw project – the world’s first navigation system for citizens of Warsaw, including those with vision impairment. It is to be implemented at public offices, public transportation, within cultural locations and sites visited by tourists.
Afterwards, the beacons will allow you to find a particular doctor’s surgery or a window at a public office, pick up a number in a queue, obtain information about current location of a given bus or tram, public transportation timetable or gain access to comprehensive information about any national heritage location or cultural event in the city.
Ifinity took the responsibility for drafting project assumptions, and delivering a pilot implementation at the Capital City Center for the Disabled. Currently, it is carrying out a test implementation of beacons in public transportation.
Adam Jesionkiewicz, CEO of Ifinity says: “Virtual Warsaw is a technological breakthrough in access to city services for the citizens of Warsaw, including those with disabilities – explains . The Ifinity microlocation technology allows us to facilitate the process of resolving issues with public offices, provides a basis for navigation through mazes of corridors, sets route depending on the issue that we need to deal with and allows us to pick up a queue number. The system also includes informative content, which depends on location and is fully adapted to the requirements of citizens with vision impairment.”
Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Mayor of the Capital City of Warsaw, says: “I am very glad, that the innovativeness of our idea, which helps people with vision impairment to move about the City, was appreciated. I hope, that Virtual Warsaw will in the future become a guide through our Capital City for all of its citizens and visitors, and that the system will also be implemented in other cities.”