DBP announces launch of AppSpots, a location-based wayfinding technology
The platform encourages exploration of all that Downtown Brooklyn and DUMBO have to offer.
September 18, 2018
DBP is pleased to announce the launch of AppSpots, a location-based wayfinding technology that helps connect visitors to Downtown Brooklyn with local businesses and events. The implementation of this technology is the latest phase of Living Lab - DBP’s initiative to apply Smart Cities technology to solve quality of life issues.
This project was made possible with NYC Department of Small Business Service’s Neighborhood Challenge Grant, a program that connects NYC Community Based Organizations with tech companies to work on innovative projects that address specific commercial district issues. Partnering with the DUMBO Improvement District, DBP won the grant of $100,000, and have used the grant to improve digital district wayfinding with AppSpots. Ultimately, users will be able to use a single platform to seamlessly navigate both of these neighborhoods.
AppSpots, a tech company based in NYC and Amsterdam, aims to assist residents, visitors, workers, and students in finding local businesses, cultural institutions, schools, and events. The Partnership already works to ensure up-to-date information is available in the directory and event listings, and now that information can be delivered to users in a geographically-relevant way. The utility of AppSpots’ platform encourages exploration of all that Downtown Brooklyn and DUMBO have to offer.
As part of this initiative, the Partnership has begun posting QR codes in strategic areas throughout the district to direct users to the platform. With each code tied to specific coordinates, the user can find nearby dining, shopping, deals, and popular destinations.
Along with AppSpots, the Partnership continues to collaborate with other tech groups such as Citiesense, Qucit, and SONYC to test new technologies in Downtown Brooklyn. Stay in the loop - sign up for our newsletter.