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App helps occupants navigate indoors

The new app aims to let users easily navigate buildings and rate spaces to promote improved comfort

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The Honeywell app guides an individual around the Minneapolis Skyway
The Honeywell app guides an individual around the Minneapolis Skyway

Honeywell has introduced an app which uses GPS-like technology to help occupants navigate their way through complex buildings. It has been demonstrated in downtown Minneapolis to navigate the city’s skyway system.

 

Skyway is an interconnecting set of enclosed pedestrian walkways (‘skybridges’) spanning 80 blocks in the city, covering a distance of some 18km.

 

The walkways are designed to protect Minnesotans from the harsh winter elements or summer humidity, allowing them to comfortably walk between buildings.

 

The connected buildings specialist has added the new capabilities to its vector occupant app that aims to give occupants more control over their experiences within a building with the swipe of a screen.

 

The most significant new feature is indoor navigation, which uses Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity to help users find their way around complex buildings that are difficult to navigate without directions.

 

“For anyone who’s not a local, and for even some who are, finding your way around the skyway system can be a big challenge,” said Steve Cramer, president and CEO, Minneapolis Downtown Council.

 

“With our initial use of the Honeywell vector occupant app, we’ve seen an immediate impact. The interactive map makes it really easy and intuitive to know exactly where you’re going, and how to get there.”

 

In addition to the indoor navigation feature, the app also now includes a location-based feature to rate spaces, allowing those within a building to highlight comfort issues to building staff for quick resolution. Both features combine the convenience of today’s mobile devices IoT building connectivity to help improve a user’s experience inside a building.

 

Other capabilities include digital identification, mobile access control and the ability to communicate temperature discomfort to prompt adjustments by facility teams.

 

Enabled by strategic partner Insiteo’s indoor location solution for smart buildings, the indoor navigation feature offers accurate indoor location, mapping, routing, presence, proximity notifications and analytics -- all embedded into an integrated platform:

  • Backed by location technology installed within a facility and software, the app’s indoor navigation provides easy-to-use wayfinding, with turn-by-turn voice assistance and location accuracy up to five feet. The app promotes better collaboration and improved safety via its “share my location” feature, which gives users a way to more easily find each other in a building
  • For building owners and managers, in addition to promoting occupant satisfaction, the app also provides insights into foot traffic patterns, which building personnel can use to better inform measures like messaging placement to better serve their occupants.

The location-based space rating feature builds on the app’s original one-click hot/cold call capability, which lets users raise comfort issues with building personnel for resolution. Building owners and managers can view ratings and feedback on dashboards to pinpoint where building spaces need attention and improvements. They can also visualise longer-term trends and space rankings to uncover patterns and improvement opportunities to promote occupant comfort, satisfaction and productivity.

 

“Much of a building’s success hinges on how happy and satisfied its occupants are. They’re the lifeblood of an organisation and their experience within a building is what keeps them coming back,” added John Rajchert, president of building solutions, Honeywell home and building technologies.

 

“The Honeywell vector occupant app has given users more power to shape their building experiences from their smartphones. Now, we’re adding even more features to deepen the connections between occupants and the spaces around them so they can be as comfortable as possible, and can more easily and efficiently move about a building.”

 

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