WayFiS is the first route planning service for elderly people that considers both the pedestrian and public transportation mobility issues and that it is based on the existence of a wide range of personalisation features, building up user profiles, and that include the health limitations, common behaviours and needs.  The process of way finding will have to consider a variety of objectives regarding the totality of the journey such as the following: performing the minimum physical activity; matching nutrition needs and disease’s restrictions; avoiding inaccessible routes, etc…. The technologies that will be deployed will be the following: knowledge discovery and artificial intelligence to process the huge amount of data; user profiling; positioning and localisation (outdoor/indoor), context aware technologies and route optimisation for route planning. WayFiS project will be based on the development of a pilot to be tested by approximately 200 end-users belonging to the “CETIEX” (Spain) and “TASII” (Hungary) organisations that are partners of the project: in this way, a wide test bed covering different ages, interests, needs, cultures is provided.  The feedback from these end users will be crucial for the next project phase, the one of implementation (WayFiS to market).


The WayFiS project aims at improving the capability of seniors to plan, manage and execute travel and transportation projects at their own discretion by solving the problems elderly people cope with when trying to move in unknown outdoor environments, thus enabling them to take part in the self-serve society. The problems that are approached are mainly related to the access to information, sight problems, walking/motor abilities, cognitive abilities, associated health limitations, scarce availability of proper information (regarding transport adaptations, stations/stops accessibility) etc…

Expected results and impact

Way Fis

The product developed with WayFiS project will be constituted by a mobile interactive end-user application, delivered as a service, for elderly people that has been thought to be used with minimum intrusiveness for them and maximum benefit. First estimations of time to market (that may be modified after receiving users’ feedback) let us plan a needed period of 15 months after the finalisation of the project for the development of the first ready to market service. This final phase will consist in the development of the final product, final test users’ validation, marketing strategies, publication of the service in applications stores, advertising agreements.


Partners involved in the WayFiS project

Organization Type Country Website
HI-Iberia Ingenieria y Proyectos SL SME Spain www.hi-iberia.es
University of Geneva R&D Switzerland www.qol.unige.ch
ArxIT SA SME Switzerland www.arxit.com
CETIEX End User Spain www.cetiex.es
Bay Zoltán Foundation For Applied Research, Institute for Applied Telecommunication Technologies R&D Hungary www.bzlogi.hu
Teréz Anya Szociális Integrált Intézmény, Hévíz (HRS ) End User Hungary
  • Project name: WayFiS, Way Finding Seniors
  • Website: www.wayfis.eu
  • Coordinator: HI-IBERIA Ingeniería y Proyectos SL, Madrid, Spain
  • Duration: 30 Months
  • Starting Date: 01.03.2011
  • Total budget: € 1.497.410
  • Public contribution€ 962.526


Inmaculada Luengo

E.: iluengo@hi-iberia.es

T.: +34 91 458 98 23

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