GuideMe: A Complete System for Indoor Orientation and Guidance

TitleGuideMe: A Complete System for Indoor Orientation and Guidance
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsBarri, E, Bouras, C, Gkamas, A, Katsampiris, S
JournalInternational Journal of Smart Sensor Technologies and Applications (IJSSTA), IGI Global

The interest for indoor navigational systems is expanding daily with concerns among visually impaired people who cannot navigate safely indoors. The main goal of such systems is the localization and direction of the individual who has a wearable device that provides voice commands to navigate indoor buildings. This paper aims to present the design and the implementation of the GuideMe project. The GuideMe project’s goal is the design, implementation, and evaluation of a navigation system focused on people who face troubles in indoor moving utilizing a wearable device. Specifically, the focus group is people suffering from visual impairment. The person carrying the wearable device takes guidelines about the location from indoor ultrawide band (UWB) anchors. The commands provided are about indoor direction through voice commands, assisting him to avoid obstacles in his route. The authors present the architecture and the details of the various modules, which consist of the proposed indoor navigation system, and some initial evaluations of the proposed system yielding promising results.