A Dutch public library is looking for digital technologies and expertise for indoor navigation which customers can use within their libraries. They use another than usual layout which makes it difficult for visitors to find their way to the books they are looking for. Companies, academics or inventors are sought to provide their existing technology or solutions via a commercial cooperation agreement with technical assistance.
A Dutch public library has four public libraries in a municipality with its establishment in the center being de largest with over 8000m˛ of effective floorspace for their visitors.
They use a slightly different approach in layout than most other libraries. They chose for a retail concept and created multiple ‘theme based shops’ to service different types of visitors rather than having books sorted by category.
For example: One department has management, thrillers and horror titles. Another department has more novels and cookbooks.
This different approach makes it difficult for their visitors to navigate and find the correct (book)shelve. In addition to their ‘stores', their libraries also include movie theaters, conference rooms, schools, a media lab and much more. All of this combined makes the library a highly active and meaningful place with the recurring complaint from their visitors of it being too difficult to navigate. Finding the correct books or finding the right place to be at can be challenging. This is why they need a digital solution to make indoor navigation within the library easier.
The company believes that Google Maps-like indoor navigation could contribute to a better overall experience for their visitors, and are open to explore all kinds of solutions. Adjustability/flexibility is important since the library is always in transition. Sometimes they have to remove bookshelves to make room for other purposes. This has to be considered or at least thought of in the possible solutions.
The company is looking for technologies, applications, methods or other ideas to help customers navigate in a indoor location. Cooperation within the frame of a commercial agreement with technical assistance is foreseen, but there is a scope for discussing other forms of cooperation and agreements.
IMPORTANT: This technology request refers to an innovation challenge published on an open internet platform. If an organization expresses interest before the closing date, it will be guided towards this open innovation platform. After registration participants can browse free through other submissions and engage in discussions. All submissions will get feedback by the company on this open platform.The challenge opened on November 8th and closes on December 13th. 2021. Mind that posts on this platform are not confidential. Beside open discussions on the platform, sharing of confidential information will be made possible on demand. After that, the firm will select the organizations with whom they would like to cooperate in the development of a solution. Once the challenge is closed, expressions of interest for this technology request will be treated in the traditional way.
- Type of partner sought: Software development
Tech & design
- Specific area of activity of the partner: The company is looking for partners such as SMEs or universities with the following expertise and (co-)development role:
• Software development
• Navigation software
• Tech & design
• Creative thinking
Furthermore interesting collaboration is foreseen with respect to:
• The possibility to jointly apply for a grant.
• To be the first to implement or tackle this problem.
• Interesting network of public libraries and cultural institutions, which can also be used to spread the concept further, when demonstrably effective.
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