PITAGORA - Innovative technologies and processes for Airport Management R&D project co-funded by Tuscany Region

Interactive solutions for Passengers

Magenta's role is...

Within the scope of the Passenger Experience module, Magenta designed an interactive information kiosk fully integrated with the Pitagora platform. The kiosk will support multi-touch interaction, indoor and outdoor zoomable maps, and will provide a wide variety of information for the traveler related to the airport and its surroundings.

    Indoor maps will be based on the Web Map Service (WMS), a standard protocol for serving geo-referenced map images over a computer network, that are generated by a map server using data from a GIS database. Thales and Magenta implemented a custom map server, called BMS, which is able to serve high-resolution, indoor maps with multiple levels to the kiosk user interface. Users will be able to explore the airport environment using the pan-and-zoom interaction typically found in web applications, only much faster! Besides displaying airport locations, kiosk will connect – using a layer of dedicated web services -- with the main Pitagora control center to acquire dynamic information about critical paths and escape routes. These will be overlaid in real-time onto map imagery in order to provide timely and dynamic information to the passengers.

    Outdoor maps will share the same engine of their indoor counterparts, but will be based on the popular Openstreetmap cartography to provide information about most interesting destinations around the airport location. Both points-of-interest and relevant events will be acquired from various providers of such information: Magenta involved local public administrations of Tuscany to produced rich and valuable content that can be served through the interactive kiosk. Content ranges from textual description of cities, museums, events and other points of interests, to high-definition images and videos. All can be displayed on the same fluid interface and manipulated with touch gestures. The following pictures show an early prototype of the kiosk user interface.


Figure 1: Multi-layer indoor map.

Figure 2: Outdoor map with overlaid live video feed.



Project cofinanced by the Regional Government of Tuscany (POR CReO – Bando Unico R&S 2012) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)