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Situm, the indoor geopositioning platform behind Aena Maps, the “Google Maps” of airports

  • Through indoor navigation, passengers will be able to visualize their entire journey inside the airport, including landmarks such as restaurants, shops, or security filters, as well as passage times to the boarding gate.
  • The project is part of the digital transformation strategy the airport manager is developing to offer innovative solutions to passengers.

Madrid, October 9

Aena has introduced ‘AenaMaps,’ a solution that will assist passengers through all stages of their journey, from planning to the actual flight. The tool focuses to the passenger’s transit through the airport by locating and guiding them in real-time through the facilities.

AENA Maps: Indoor navigation for Airports with Situm

Indoor location is precisely one of the critical aspects of the project. While popular applications such as Google correctly position themselves outdoors, they are very deficient when we venture into a building.

Situm IPS, Situm the indoor geopositioning platform behind Aena Maps

With Situm’s indoor positioning platform, geolocation at Spanish airports has been turned around by improving the passenger experience at the terminal, with multiple possibilities:

  • To be located in real-time inside the airport.
  • Request the fastest routes to your destination.
  • Receive directions to your destination using routes on the map or by voice.
  • Calculate travel time or distance.
  • Search and move around on the map.
  • To know the location of the facilities’ services and landmarks and to obtain information about them: boarding gates, shops, restaurants, toilets…

AENA Maps, a versatile indoor navigation solution 

Indoor navigation in the airports will be done through Aena’s app, which is available for both Android and iOS. One of the main characteristics of the application is that it will provide the indications on the routes requested by the user also by voice directions. On Aena’s corporate website you can also consult the maps and obtain routes indicating origin and destination within the airport. 

In the same way, the tool will facilitate the management of the facilities and the visitor flow by allowing to relieve the guiding functions that currently fall on the physical signs in a more adaptable and customizable solution. 

The tool will progressively evolve to offer service to passengers with reduced mobility complying with accessibility needs, and it will provide other relevant information such as real-time passing times in security filters. Also, the application will be integrated with other location tools outside the airport to obtain the complete path from any origin. The service will be available in the first phase at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport, and it will be progressively implemented in other airports of the network. 

AENA Maps: Maximum integration of indoor location-based solutions

In the development of the application, AENA has also relied on Telefónica as a participant in the digitalisation process it is deploying, as well as on CARTO DB for the cartographic enrichment of the maps/plans, route development and, in general, the logic and coordination of the entire solution. 

This deployment consolidates Situm’s position as an indoor guidance and monitoring solutions global benchmark with maximum accuracy, minimum infrastructure, and immediate deployment. AENA’s airports will join the list of large buildings in more than 70 countries where Situm’s technology has already been implemented to enhance the user experience in hospitals, shopping centres, or airports; to facilitate transit and assistance to people with reduced mobility in different high attendance facilities; to optimise work procedures in security and cleaning services, or to increase productivity through asset management in 4.0 industries. 

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