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  • Seoul City introduces mobile indoor maps service

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  • Seoul City has introduced a 3D-based mobile indoor maps app to ensure the safety and convenience of those navigating an indoor environment. The said map app contains information about public exhibitions and performances in addition to highlighting routes to be used in cases of an emergency when visiting Seoul City Hall (Basement 1 & 2 of the new City Hall and the 6th and 8th floors of the Citizens’ Hall) and Seoul Library (the 3rd and 5th floors).

    Users of the existing QR-code based indoor map service app experienced the inconvenience of having to take a shot at the QR code information board by using the app. The app introduced at this time has rectified this shortcoming by using BLE beacon technology. It automatically recognizes a user’s real-time location in a building and shows paths to an indoor destination. It also provides information on ongoing exhibitions, performances, and plays in each indoor space.

    The said service is divided into two, i.e., a user position-based, real-time path information service and the provision of information on the space by checking the location of the user.

    The new Seoul City Hall and Seoul Library provide a close-range user location identification service, which supplies people with the ideal routes to the exhibits or areas of interest in each location through use of the app. Upon arrival at the destination, film content is automatically played to give a tour around the new City Hall. The Citizens’ Hall provides people with a user location-based, real-time route-finding information service and close-range service, and information on ongoing exhibitions, performances, and plays in each indoor space. The service includes information about routes to use in emergency situations.

    Seoul City plans to expand the mobile service app to include indoor maps for public buildings, including museums, and subway stations, (134 subway stations, 75 public buildings and 4 underground shopping centers) and is making preparations for an iOS-series smartphone service.

    Seoul City also plans to construct an indoor database for the 213 public facilities established last year, which will be made available to the public, in consultation with the relevant institutions.

        The raw data, which will be released to the public, will be distributed free via (http://data.seoul.go.kr)in December.

    Seoul City expects the 3D indoor maps to go a long way to creating new industries and will be used in broad safety and welfare-related applications through the convergence of this technology with indoor location measuring and information technologies.

    People will be able to create new content like map app or games, using the open data. Public institutions will be able to use this technology in facility management and to enhance the level of citizen safety and convenience.

    ※BLE (Bluetooth Low energy 4.0) Beacon technology

    This is a short-range wireless communication technology. This Internet of Things-based technology helps people find the most ideal path to their destination in a complicated indoor space, where GPS signals are not received.

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