The Mobile Electronic Companion
Travel instructions up to the front-door... and beyond!
m-Companion is an interactive service designed to assist people move around and discover public areas.
It provides walking or driving directions as well as user- and location-dependent information.
For example: train or airline departure times, restaurant menus, shop promotions, hotel room availability, tourist information.
Light and affordable end-user equipment
- In its simplest form, the user needs to carry nothing but a standard GSM handset. Even a low-end GSM handset is appropriate, because m-Companion provides information as an audio stream.
- A satellite receiver (GPS) may be added for automatic positioning.
- No database or software license is needed.
- Information is selected to match to the user preferences: business, travel, shopping, ...
- Instructions can be extremely fine-grained, for example depending on which floor and which corridor they are inside a multi-storey building.
- Walking instructions in dense urban areas, or inside buildings.
- User-specific walking instructions and targeted advertisement inside a mall or other shopping area.
- User-specific walking instructions and personalized guidance inside airports, train stations or other complex transportation systems.
- Driving instructions. m-Companion is substantially cheaper than existing automotive navigation systems
- Driving and walking instructions inside a car park.
- Walking instructions and personalized information for the visually challenged.