About

With TravelCompanions easy to use interface on the travellers own smartphones, the system will make your journey safe and smooth.

TravelCompanion is a beacon based system that will guide travellerswho are using bus, trains, subway, trams and airplanes. The system is universally designed with special emphasis on visual- and hearing impaired people. TravelCompanion will significantly improve implementation of Universal Design in transport, making society more accessible for everyone.

TravelCompanion aimes to guide throughout the whole journey across different types of transport. It is developed to be compatible with the Wayfindr Open Standard for audio-based navigation.

The video below demonstrates the core functions of TravelCompanion in use at Tøyen Metro Station in Oslo, Norway.

Beacon with TravelComcompanion logo

Beacon technology

Beacons are small wireless units transmitting a predefined Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) signal. The information stored in the signal is received by a BLE compatible unit – typically a smartphone or a tablet. Preinstalled apps on the unit translate the BLE information received into defined actions in the apps. The beacons are usually stationary while the receiving units are moving as their users move.

Possible use is to provide indoor navigation and context relevant location information. This could be useful information about a specific item in an art museum, walking guidelines for indoor navigation, menus and ordering information in restaurants, mobile payment in stores, relevant shopping offers in a store and specific coupons.

Project support

TravelCompanion has been granted project funding for beacons based Universal Design through The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs, Deltasenteret and from VRI Vestfold. Collaborating partners are Next Signal, SINTEF ICT, LabWerk, Empatix, Norges Blindeforbund and Norges Døveforbund.

Next Signal is receiver of Innovation Norway Premarket Evaluation and Commercialization start-up grants. This makes it possible for us to continue developing and pushing innovation.

Vision and values

TravelCompanion makes traveling easy for everyone, through beacon based Universal Design.

Freedom to travel
Safety in reliable technology
Clarity in the information