Indoor Route Planning with Volunteered Geographic Information on a (Mobile) Web-Based Platform

Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


Route planning services for a priori route planning on computers or on-demand planning on mobile devices are omnipresent, not only for vehicles but also for bicyclists or pedestrians. Furthermore, public or commercial buildings such as hospitals, hotels or shopping malls are getting bigger and their inner complexity increases. Additionally, most of the time of our lives is spent indoors, apparently quite often in unknown and foreign buildings. Consequently, the need for mature indoor route planning applications emerged and both academia and economy are now trying to adapt well known outdoor routing services to complex indoor spaces. Contrary to the outdoors, where typically commercial data providers or professional surveyors capture spatial data, it is unlikely that commercial institutes are able to capture indoor information on a large-scale. In the last couple of years, Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) or crowdsourced geodata has increasingly gained attractiveness and the manifoldness and quality of such data has already been demonstrated in different (outdoor) applications. Trying to gain traction in the emerging field of indoor applications, OpenStreetMap (OSM) as one of the most popular VGI communities aims at taking the lead in capturing information about indoor spaces. Trying to satisfy the demand for indoor services, this chapter presents an extensive application for indoor environments. By providing indoor maps and route planning services with indoor OSM data, the here conducted work on the one hand demonstrates the possibilities arising from VGI and on the other hand provides a mature indoor application. In particular, the developed application can be used for a priori route planning at home on a personal computer as well as for on-demand route planning on a mobile device. A prototypical implementation for BlackBerry smartphones is also presented, whereas the application, due to its design and technology, can be easily ported to other mobile platforms such as Android smartphones, iPhones or iPads.


Crowdsourced geodata Indoor routing Indoor route planning OpenStreetMap Volunteered geographic information 



The authors of this chapter would like to express their thankfulness to the anonymous reviewers. By providing their valuable comments on this chapter they contributed towards the improvement of our work. Furthermore we would like to thank all the members of our group for their proofreading and comments. This research has been partially funded by the Klaus-Tschira Foundation (KTS) Heidelberg.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.GIScience Group, Institute of GeographyUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

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