AI4A - Ambient Information 4 All

Zoo + Fossilium, Bochum, Germany

Projekt Partner:
Tierpark + Fossilium Bochum, netzfactor and Hoba Steel


The goal of the project is the development of a completely barrier-free multi-modal experience and information system using the example of the Zoo + Fossilium Bochum.

As a special feature for the blind and visually impaired, a virtual, tactile map of the surroundings is available within an app, which, in combination with a real guidance system for the blind, significantly supports the user in finding his way around the zoo. The positive, fun-driven user experience serves as a tool to provide necessary information in the form of different communication methods for the respective target group: Blind / visually impaired, deaf / hearing impaired, mobility-impaired persons such as wheelchair users, as well as school classes. 

The concept of “universal design” offers additional benefits for all user groups (e.g. families, senior citizens).

A special technical challenge is the development and integration of a smart guidance system for the blind based on a tactile path model provided via the app.

The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (EFRE) as part of the CreateMedia.NRW lead market competition.