A to B: Researching Wayfinding Solutions

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31/10/2017

 

Fingal County Council, Dublin City council and the Grangegorman Development Agency, in partnership with Enterprise Ireland, are working with four companies to research and explore low cost, innovative, tech solutions to make it easier to find your way around Dublin.

 

Through the SBIR(Small Business Innovation Research) fund four companies will research and develop innovative, low cost solutions to:

  • Improve wayfinding in a manner that can transition seamlessly between indoor and outdoor environments and allow users to arrive to their destination or appointment on time.
  • Enhance the experience of visitors
  • Reduce challenges for the users

The four companies are:

 

Commutable

 

Commutable deliver robust, fully-managed, customised and branded solutions, that are deployed as part of a client’s own website, enabling them to improve customer retention, drive down customer service costs, and ultimately increase customer satisfaction and ridership.


Gemperson

 

Specialists in architectural signs with extensive experience in implementing design briefs with architects and clients including multi-national corporate applications. The company was established in 1977 and has undertaken Wayfinding services for thousands of projects since that time. The quality of the signs in your clients workplace and the care with which they are deployed contribute to the wellbeing of their brand and send a positive message to staff and customers alike. We have a lot of experience in adapting our sign systems with the ‘look and feel’ of our clients’ brands, to achieve a tailored product with the advantages of system production. There is no short cut to a truly effective sign solution. Professional well placed signs enhance the unique characteristics of the architecture of any building or environment


Rehab Group

 

National Learning Network provides training and specialist support to people who, for a variety of reasons, may find it difficult to gain employment. Whatever your circumstances – whether you are long-term unemployed, have an illness or a disability – National Learning Network can help you overcome obstacles and move forward with your career and your life. Every year, over 5,000 people of all ages and from all walks of life, come to learn and study with us at our training centres which are located in almost every county in Ireland. As Ireland’s largest non-governmental training and education organisation, we offer over 70 different training programmes from art and cookery to computer and business skills.


Route4U

 

 

For many our world is a labyrinth. We think as a minimum they deserve a map. The plan is to make physical accessibility transparent globally. While full accessibility is not always possible, showing the working alternatives can effectively help people with reduced mobility live a full, happy and productive life. People with reduced mobility represent more than 40% of the population. 2% of the population needs a wheelchair and their number is doubling every decade. The technology is available to provide an instant, cost-efficient, customised solution. Volunteers, local businesses, property managers, enterprises and cities join forces to create a global accessibility map as they have recognised that it is good for society, good for business, and people with reduced mobility deserve it.

 

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