US Standard for Audio-navigation

Inclusive, Audio-based, Network Navigation Systems for All Persons including those Who are Blind/Low Vision (ANSI/CTA-2076).

The CTA standard for audio-based wayfinding and navigation leads the world in national standards for enabling independent access to public services for people with vision impairment. America is the first nation to adapt the ITU international standard to their own needs and Waymap believes this vital first step will improve the lives of many millions of people which will lead to wider adoption across the world.

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Why is the standard so important to us here are Waymap? The simple answer is because it means a better quality of life for our users.

We want more people to have more confidence in accessing more public services. And national and international standards set the bar for quality of service and user experience wherever they may go. This is the beginning of a truly end-to-end experience for people that will enable more independence for everyone.

There are many types of indoor location technology each with strengths and weaknesses. The importance of this new standard is that success is measured according to the needs of users and not according to the abilities of adjacent indoor location technologies co-opted for the purpose (but not quite meeting the need).

For example, the standard sets out: The proximity of a staircase shall be given in an audio instruction 6 m from the first step. This means any navigation services must be built with an accuracy of location to better than 1 m and an accuracy of heading to better than 15 degrees. No wifi heatmapping, beacon triangulation or even GPS technology can do this without specialist equipment; either inside or outside.

We saw this through experimentation and live user trial in London, Barcelona and Sidney. This led us to creating a new technical approach to indoor wayfinding and navigation from the ground up. One that we can now say with confidence delivers accurate location and heading information without local infrastructure.

Reach out to us here at Waymap or follow the link to the CTA standards site if you would like to know more.

Click here for Inclusive, Audio-based, Network Navigation Systems for All Persons including those Who are Blind/Low Vision (ANSI/CTA-2076)

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Inclusive, Audio-based, Network Navigation Systems for All Persons including those Who are Blind/Low Vision (ANSI/CTA-2076).

The CTA standard for audio-based wayfinding and navigation leads the world in national standards for enabling independent access to public services for people with vision impairment. America is the first nation to adapt the ITU international standard to their own needs and Waymap believes this vital first step will improve the lives of many millions of people which will lead to wider adoption across the world.

Why is the standard so important to us here are Waymap? The simple answer is because it means a better quality of life for our users.

We want more people to have more confidence in accessing more public services. And national and international standards set the bar for quality of service and user experience wherever they may go. This is the beginning of a truly end-to-end experience for people that will enable more independence for everyone.

There are many types of indoor location technology each with strengths and weaknesses. The importance of this new standard is that success is measured according to the needs of users and not according to the abilities of adjacent indoor location technologies co-opted for the purpose (but not quite meeting the need).

For example, the standard sets out: The proximity of a staircase shall be given in an audio instruction 6 m from the first step. This means any navigation services must be built with an accuracy of location to better than 1 m and an accuracy of heading to better than 15 degrees. No wifi heatmapping, beacon triangulation or even GPS technology can do this without specialist equipment; either inside or outside.

We saw this through experimentation and live user trial in London, Barcelona and Sidney. This led us to creating a new technical approach to indoor wayfinding and navigation from the ground up. One that we can now say with confidence delivers accurate location and heading information without local infrastructure.

Reach out to us here at Waymap or follow the link to the CTA standards site if you’d like to know more.

Click here for Inclusive, Audio-based, Network Navigation Systems for All Persons including those Who are Blind/Low Vision (ANSI/CTA-2076)

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