Thursday, 14 November 2019 00:00

Wayfinding and Wifi make navigating the city easy

Written by  Rachael Fretter
Rate this item
(0 votes)
Wayfinding and Wifi make navigating the city easy

A new pilot wayfinding scheme has launched in the city centre comprising of 12 newly designed and branded City of Stories totems.

Delivered by Norwich Business Improvement District in partnership with Norwich City Council the pre-existing infrastructure has been redesigned to fit a new image for the city centre.

The 12 newly designed directional totems are located across the city centre, from outside St Peter Mancroft and The Assembly House, to Dragon Hall on King street.  

Each totem is colour co-ordinated to match city centre districts and features directional content, immediate location information, 3D buildings and icons, accessible fonts and designs, as well as heritage information on the surrounding district. 

As a creative and leading tech city, it’s no surprise that the new totems are piloting QR and Near File Communication (NFC) technology, supplied by local company, Thyngs.  The technology will link through to the newly-launched VisitNorwich website, which will showcase more content on the surrounding area, including events, businesses and attractions.

Two years in the making, the scheme has worked extensively with the local businesses, specific interest groups and the wider community to ensure the scheme meets DDA compliance and learns the lessons from some of the national best examples of wayfinding.  

To compliment the new wayfinding initiative, the Norwich BID have also doubled the area of the open guest free wi-fi network in the city centre.  Available 24/7 the network is live throughout the main city centre, from Chapelfield Gardens to Norwich Castle, London Street and the Lanes and covering St Andrew’s, Surrey Street and Prince of Wales Road.The free city centre wi-fi makes it easy for visitors to surf with ease and stay connected.  The free network offers speeds of up to 5Mbps, bringing a truly connected experience to city centre users.

It’s easy to get connected, in Wi-Fi settings select 'Free-Wifi-NorwichBID'. Registration is available through two options (Facebook and registration form).  Registration is only required once; afterwards the device will automatically connect to the free Wi-Fi whenever it is in range (if set up on the phone).

Stefan Gurney, Executive Director at the BID said, “We are proud to unveil the amazing new look totems with integrated NFC technology. The new look ties in with our recent City of Stories rebrand and unifies the city with its clear colour coded districts in the city.” 

“We are also pleased to offer extended wi-fi coverage across the city centre, increasing and enhancing the visitor and user experience whilst in the city”.

Last modified on Friday, 15 November 2019 11:27

Visit the following businesses

cache/resized/bd23231b00719cc8cc712cc307a07281.jpg
Meltemi
Meltemi are one of the leading workwear suppliers within the UK. An approved Supplier to the NHS and part of the Ethical Trading Initiative, Meltemi offers a wealth of experience and knowledge in designing workwear for most professions.  With ...
Explore
cache/resized/c12a06c4e093dc6fcb73bc5621e52765.jpg
Barnham Broom Hotel, Golf & Spa
Barnham Broom is a luxury resort offering a warm welcome to all guests looking for an exception experience. With first class facilities and amenities, Barnham Broom boasts a stylish setting in the heart of the Norfolk countryside. Conveniently ...
Explore
cache/resized/2795ffd277c93789c78890bc4512e87e.jpg
Stuart House Hotel
We are a small family run hotel situated in its own grounds and just a short walk from the centre of the historical town and port of Kings Lynn. The original house dates back to Victorian times when it was the private residence of a prominent King's ...
Explore
cache/resized/4f442adfaa7ef36d08845a0a57a1b651.jpg
Woodgate Nursery
Established in 1982, this family-owned Nursery prides itself on its customer friendly service with a small team of helpful staff. The Nursery offers a wide range of plants with between 800 and 1000 perennials, as well as a good selection of trees, ...
Explore
cache/resized/a34d77b45a819e935a7c4d2867d1ebbd.jpg
Ogilvy House
Ogilvy House aims to be the premier bed and breakfast destination for those who are looking for a touch of luxury, style, delicious locally sourced food and value for money when visiting glorrious North Norfolk.  Ogilvy House (meaning high ...
Explore
cache/resized/25ab104f5d45dccf5bc1d50ef14beb20.jpg
Simple Profit Management Ltd
Jargon free Practical help to help business owners reach their business goals. Company management is about Cash, Customers, Employees and Business Systems. Help is at hand to make everything work in unison to make Profit making more easy. Helping ...
Explore
benefits banner

Related items

  • Historic Maids Head Hotel, Norwich to re-open from lockdown on Saturday, July 4

    The Maids Head Hotel in Tombland, Norwich, one of the oldest hotels in the UK, will emerge from lockdown on Saturday, July 4. It is believed that this is the first time that the hotel has been closed since it started trading as the Murtel Fish Inn during the 13th century.

    Christine Malcolm, General Manager said: “We are all looking forward to welcoming guests to the hotel after this three month closure. It will also be very good to see our staff return from furlough. They have been keeping their spirits up with a whole range of activities from a baking competition, to a Zoom lunch and a virtual run between the Maids Head and our sister hotels, The Gonville in Cambridge and The Ship at Brancaster.

    We recently delivered a lockdown gift of Norfolk strawberries, clotted cream and chilled rose wine to our 90 staff who live across the county, from Norwich to Wymondham, Reepham and Gorleston. This resulted in some great feedback, Dawn said: 'Lovely surpirise today, thank you Christine and the team, miss you all...' ”

  • EACH receives £5,000 donation from Tom and Anna Trybull

    Norwich City footballer Tom Trybull and his wife Anna have donated £5,000 to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), plus a bag of clothes as the charity gears up to reopen five of its shops.

    The money comes from sales of children’s book The Story of Tommy T. Tommy T is a pigeon trying to make his name in football. The story is written by Anna, based on the exploits of her husband and encourages young people to follow their dreams.

    It will go towards EACH’s fundraising appeal set up at the start of lockdown to address a forecasted income gap of £1.8m over 12 weeks, caused by the cancellation and postponement of fundraising events, and the closure of the charity’s 43 shops.

    Following the government announcement that non-essential shops can reopen from Monday (15 June), EACH has decided to open five of its outlets in Norfolk, in a phased reopening plan the good cause hopes will eventually restore the pre-lockdown success of its high street portfolio.

  • Football club is ‘on the ball’ with donations

    Breckland Council’s work to support vulnerable residents through the coronavirus pandemic has been boosted by a donation from Norwich City Football Club and Norwich City Community Sports Foundation.

    There are more than 3,600 people in the district who the NHS consider to be ‘extremely vulnerable’ and the council is supporting them by making welfare calls and, where needed, distributing medicines and food parcels.

    The club and its foundation recently boosted the local effort by donating 120 parcels to the council, containing essential non-perishable food items such as tinned goods and dried foods. The boxes also included hand sanitiser, toilet roll, sweet treats, a NCFC gift and a note from celebrity chef and Canaries shareholder Delia Smith.

    The support is part of the club and foundation’s Canaries COVID-19 Community Support Project which has seen £200k donated by the football club’s players, staff and directors, to help the county respond to covid-19.

  • Win a collection of fabulous local books published by Paul Dickson Books

    All Things Norfolk has teamed up with Paul Dickson Books to give you a chance to win a collection of fabulous local books.

    Paul Dickson Books is an independent Publishing House in Norwich, working with Norfolk writers and titles include Ink in my Blood - my half centiry in newspapers by Neil Haverson which was finalist in the East Anglian Book Awards 2018, Biography and Memoir.

    Paul and his team have put together the following package of books as a prize to the lucky winner and there is something here for all members of the family to enjoy:

  • Rival Clubs Back Local Charity’s Annual Sleep Out

    Local charity, The Benjamin Foundation, has announced its annual Sleep Out fundraising events with Norwich City and Ipswich Town Football Clubs hosting this year’s events.

    Taking place on Thursday 19th November, the Norwich Sleep Out will be held at Norwich City Football Club, Carrow Road with the Ipswich Sleep Out taking place at Ipswich Town Football Club on Portman Road on 5th November.

    The annual Sleep Out fundraising events support The Benjamin Foundation’s work in Norfolk and Suffolk to prevent youth homelessness by inviting people to spend one night sleeping outside so others don’t have to. Money raised through sponsorship helps their work to tackle the homelessness problem locally by providing a home and support to over 100 vulnerable young people aged 16 to 25 every night. The Benjamin Foundation also gives them the skills they need so they can go on to forge independent lives.

Newsletter

© All Things Norfolk 2008 - 2020
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

RT @Pensthorpe: It's Flamingo Friday! Why do flamingos stand on one leg? Flamingos use fewer muscles to stand on one leg than on two, all…