Guided safely from door to door

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Dorothee Bär, parliamentary state secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, presents the CNA special prize for innovations in the field of transportation and logistics to Dr. Günter Rohmer (2nd from right) of Fraunhofer IIS, who accepted the award on behalf of the partners in the NADINE project consortium.

Project NADINE wins CNA special prize.

Drivers often use a satnav device in the car, particularly for unfamiliar routes, so that they can quickly and easily reach their destination or find specific places such as the next gas station or the nearest restaurant without making any detours. People are also increasingly using navigation services on their smartphone to guide them to their desired destination when they are out and about on foot. Expanding these capabilities and guiding pedestrians easily through public transit networks using all forms of transportation was the aim of the NADINE project (the acronym comes from the German name, which translates as “navigation in public transit systems with modular service architecture for integration into external applications”).

The Center for Transportation & Logistics Neuer Adler e.V. (CNA) awarded the NADINE project consortium its special prize for intelligence in transportation and logistics, in recognition of outstanding scientific achievements in the field of public transit. Our awiloc® technology makes positioning possible both inside and outside, and thus delivers uninterrupted navigation services. awiloc® uses existing wireless networks such as WLAN and BLE (Bluetooth® Low Energy). Instead of needing a specific signal network, it uses the characteristic signal strength distribution of the available wireless networks. A major advantage is that mobile devices can use awiloc® technology to determine their position themselves. As a result, the position is usable on the device without any connection to central computers. awiloc® optimally complements existing positioning technologies, such as GPS, for urban environments and in buildings. Mobile applications for guiding people safely from door to door, and location-based services will become quick and easy to implement, even from inside buildings.