Over $1,25 million for beacons in Warsaw


Warsaw, capital of Poland (EU), will run worth over $1.25 million (€1 million) beacons project submited by Ifinity. Beacons venture has been chosen amongst 155 European cities participating in Bloomberg Mayors Challenge.

Virtual Warsaw is the world’s first navigation system for citizens of Warsaw, including those with vision impairment, to be implemented at public offices, public transportation, within cultural locations and sites visited by tourists. Soon the beacons will allow you to find a particular doctor’s surgery or a window at a public office, pick up a number in a queue, obtain information about current location of a given bus or tram, public transportation timetable or gain access to comprehensive information about any national heritage location or cultural event in the city.

Ifinity took the responsibility for drafting project assumptions, and delivering a pilot implementation at the Capital City Center for the Disabled. Currently it is carrying out a test implementation of beacons in public transportation.

Virtual Warsaw is a technological breakthrough in access to city services for the citizens of Warsaw, including those with disabilities – explains Adam Jesionkiewicz, CEO of Ifinity. The Ifinity microlocation technology allows us to facilitate the process of resolving issues with public offices, provides a basis for navigation through mazes of corridors, sets route depending on the issue that we need to deal with and allows us to pick up a queue number. The system also includes informative content, which depends on location and is fully adapted to the requirements of citizens with vision impairment.

I am very glad, that the innovativeness of our idea, which helps people with vision impairment to move about the City, was appreciated. I hope, that Virtual Warsaw will in the future become a guide through our Capital City for all of its citizens and visitors, and that the system will also be implemented in other cities – says Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Mayor of the Capital City of Warsaw.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Foundation, which organized the competition, appreciated the idea to create the system, its innovativeness and the fact that it is universal. Read more about the Mayors Challenge results at http://mayorschallenge.bloomberg.org

Virtual Warsaw project was initiated  and is realized by Warsaw Municipality. Ifinity Sp. z o.o. was selected as technology provider and mobile app designer for pilot’s phase of the project. As a recognition for city’s attempts to provide beacons based micro-navigation platform for visually impaired people, Warsaw has received  a main prize in Mayors Challenge, organised by Bloomberg Philanthropies Foundation. The prize was accepted by Warsaw’s Major – Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz.