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Khatib & Alami unveils wayfinding tech for Special Olympics 2019

The construction consultancy has developed GIS-based systems to support navigation and visitor experience at the event

The Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 are under way.
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The Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 are under way.

Construction consultancy Khatib & Alami (K&A) has helped develop geographic information system-based (GIS) wayfinding tools to support navigation at the Special Olympics World Games 2019 being held at Abu Dhabi's Zayed Sports City Stadium.

K&A’s wayfinding tools, which include indoor navigation, augmented reality, and chatbot features, have been incorporated into the World Games App.

Visitors can search for or view information about the venue, event timings, and activity schedules using the app, as well as through K&A technology that is being deployed for wayfinding kiosks.

Through the tools’ “story-telling feature”, visitors can record trip routes, save memories of the games, and share their experiences with friends through their social media accounts. 

Manal Sayed, senior director of K&A’s geospatial systems integration team, said the smart tools that have been developed for the Special Olympics World Games 2019 showcase “some of the latest wayfinding technologies” available in the market. 

Commenting on the inclusion of wayfinding tools at the world games, Dr Najib Khatib, chairman and CEO of K&A, said: “The key to the success of any smart technology is that it should be easily accessible and user-friendly – these are the measures that our experts are applying to ensure that the tools we’re providing add to the experience of everyone at the event, whether they are participants, organisers, or spectators.”

“The games are bringing together thousands of people from across the world, so it provides an exciting opportunity to draw on the full potential of smart wayfinding technologies to help people get the most out of their visit, both at the event and elsewhere in Abu Dhabi.”

Earlier this month, the UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment signed an agreement with the Higher Committee of the Special Olympics to equipoise the carbon footprint at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, in line with targets set by UAE’s Supreme Council of Energy in June 2018 to cut 11 million tonnes of local carbon emissions by 2021.

Chatbot features can be accessed through the app [supplied].

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