Research Group for Applied Software Engineering
Forschungsgruppe für Angewandte Softwaretechnik

We are proud to announce the launch of BSB Navigator to the AppStore. BSB Navigator is an indoor navigation app for the Bavarian State Library, developed in cooperation with Bokowsky + Laymann

With more that 3000 visitors per day the Bavarian State Library (BSB) is one of the largest libraries in Germany. In a historical building in an area of more that 30,000 square meters on 5 floors, library offers different facilities including books, magazines, and historical recordings. Being in a large building finding the way to a destination in BSB becomes a difficulty, especially for new visitors. Furthermore, many visitors are unaware of the different facilities provided by the library. 

BSB Navigator app solves these problems by offering several features such as: an interactive map that covers different floors of the building and more that 90 Points of Interest (POIs); realtime indoor navigation from current position of the user to any POI; a discovery mode that notifies the user about interesting historical features of the library; and guided tours that help visitors become familiar with the library, its history, and its facilities. 

A team of 8 students developed the app during the practical course iOS Praktikum in summer term 2015. The project not only involved the development of the app, but also a Beacon-based indoor navigation infrastructure with more that 240 Beacons was installed by the students the Bavarian State Library. 

Press release by Bavarian State Library

Press release by Bokowsky + Laymann

News about the app in Süddeutsche Zeitung

Presentation of the project at client acceptance test of iOS Praktikum 2015