Indoor mapping presents businesses of all types with an unprecedented opportunity to empower their staff, customers, and visitors to find what they're looking for, get where they need to go, and enjoy an outstanding experience.
If you're at the very beginning of your business's indoor mapping journey, or are looking to improve on your current solution, then the plethora of options available to you can seem overwhelming. That's why we've put together the ultimate guide to indoor mapping.
In this guide, we explain:
Our guide to developing a successful indoor mapping system provides everything you need to know in order to give your business the foundation to unlock:
Real-time indoor positioning via a mobile device (“blue dot”)
Digital wayfinding, routing & navigation
For years, indoor maps have been one of the major obstacles facing businesses looking to harness the incredible power of IoT. Producing accurate, detailed (yet readable) maps of indoor spaces is difficult, time-consuming work, and with major businesses increasingly moving to architecturally complicated, large campuses, creating indoor maps was only becoming harder.
Once the map was created, businesses had to tackle a new challenge; how to keep the map updated. As anyone who's been directed down a road that no longer exists by an in-car GPS will know, a map that's out of date is effectively useless - in fact, it can end up causing more frustration than having no map in the first place.
Help, however, is now at hand. Pointr have years of experience in developing beautiful, interactive indoor maps. Not content with mapping individual buildings one by one, we then developed MapScale®, which uses AI machine learning to map thousands of venues in seconds - and then keep them up to date.
Many of the world's major businesses are increasingly looking to IoT infrastructure to empower their workplaces and venues and take the next technological step. Initiatives such as the ability to check desk occupancy live and book a desk in an office, to tracking the location of a particular piece of medical technology within a hospital, to helping shoppers find exactly what they're looking for are all at the vanguard of the future of business.
None of this is possible without clear, precise, regularly updated indoor maps. An indoor map acts as the foundation for indoor positioning, indoor navigation, and much more.
Outdoor map services such as Google Maps and Waze do a fantastic job of providing maps for outdoor locations. However, indoor maps are an entirely different proposition.
If you want to learn more about this topic, we have a detailed post on using Google Maps indoors and the alternative options.
Several areas set Pointr apart from other indoor mapping companies.
And all of this only applies for mapping a single building. Many businesses have dozens, hundreds of even thousands of separate buildings, all of which require unique indoor maps to be created and kept up to date. Before Pointr, this process was laborious, cost- and time-intensive and often meant maps would be left without updates for months at a time. That's why we developed MapScale®, a revolutionary, AI-powered mapping system capable of transforming basic CAD files into detailed indoor maps in seconds.