i-locate focuses on the development of a virtual hub based on a large repository of open indoor mapping data regarding publicly accessible spaces. These will allow aggregation of further data regarding indoor facilities, infrastructures, asset management, system maintenance, queue management etc.
The virtual hub will be a public geoportal, which could be regarded as the “indoor complement” to OpenStreetMap, that will allow sharing (as open data) of mapping data regarding indoor spaces according to a taxonomy of different spaces (e.g. hospitals, public offices etc.). Indoor mapping data could regard:
- Public buildings: e.g. city councils, hospitals etc.
- Private buildings accessible to the public: e.g. shopping malls, airports, universities, etc.
- Private properties: whenever this may be needed.
The indoor mapping data will be aggregated and made freely available through the “hub” (the public portal), for the various pilot locations. However the portal will go beyond this as it has been engineered as an indoor counterpart of OpenStreetMap, in practice allowing further data providers (other public administrators, hospitals, shopping malls etc.) to expose their indoor mapping information as open data. The data will be used to create innovative application and services based on tracking, routing and asset management services.