How do you know if MapsIndoors is the right indoor navigation solution for you?
The signs are there! This blog post will guide you to them.
1. People get lost in your venue
Not all large buildings are hard to navigate in. In some buildings, finding the way from A to B is quite self-evident. In other buildings, wayfinding is only self-evident to the ones who frequent them on a regular basis and know the way by heart - but for visitors, who are unfamiliar with the layout of your building, finding the right way can be confusing. If people get lost or generally need to ask for directions, it’s a good sign that your venue will benefit from an indoor navigation solution.
There are a few reasons why people getting lost in your venue is bad for your business. Firstly, people who get lost are likely to cause delays by arriving late. Delays equals waste of time, which equals waste of resources. Secondly, people who ask for directions are often interrupting the person they’re asking, and studies show that frequent interruptions are a real productivity killer. And thirdly, being lost at a new place is a stressful experience, especially if it means that you’ll be late. These points are the same for all large venues - whether it’s a large corporate office with visitors and new employees or a university with freshman students. If you offer visitors an indoor navigation solution, you can reduce time waste, interruptions and stress levels. And save money!
2. People don’t go where you want them to go
Sometimes, the problem isn’t that people are getting lost in your building, but that they go to places, you don’t want them to. And ignore the places you do want them to go to.
A classic example is the line to the (let’s face it: ladies’) restroom. A huge line forms outside one restroom while another nearby restroom remains absolutely empty. Same story with the hot dog stand at the stadium, the cantina at the university, the meeting room at the corporate office, and the gate that was moved last minute at the airport. If you combine your indoor navigation solution with an indoor positioning system, you can send location based push notifications to your visitors to give them valuable information about your venue, and guide them to the right places. You can even interface your wayfinding solution with your queue management solution and give users waiting time information right there on the map.
A combination of indoor navigation and indoor positioning also gives you valuable insights, like people flow information, that you can use to optimize your suggested routing, emergency guidelines or even the layout of your venue.
3. You have unutilized space
Unutilized space is money down the drain.
Corporate offices are a good example of this issue: As we see more of an emphasis on health, work/life balance, smart cities, and integrated technologies, and as a new generation starts to fill up our workforce, it is not surprising to see that the way we work is changing to be more flexible.
In concrete terms, it means that an average of 2 out of 3 employees around the world work away from the office at least once a week, and that number is likely to keep on growing. For offices where each employee has their own working space, flexibility comes at a high cost. Studies have shown that the cost of one empty desk equates to $27,000 per year. Using these numbers, the cost of empty desks for a company of 1,000 employees where two-thirds of them work away from the office once a week, is $7,200,000 per year. With an open floor plan and a hot-desking solution featuring indoor navigation, you can save a lot of money by ensuring that employees can book desks and be guided directly to them. And it’s not just an issue in corporate offices. Being able to book and be guided to desks and meeting rooms is actually applicable to a lot of different industries. Talk to us about your ideas!
Convention centers can also use people movement insights to optimize floor plans and fill out the trade fair area properly.
4. You need a flexible platform
If you already use a management system in your building, our solution is easily integratable with third-party systems such as facility management, queue management, asset tracking etc.
MapsIndoors is an indoor navigation platform. That means that we don’t just map out your venue, we offer a highly customizable CMS. MapsIndoors is intuitively built and doesn’t require any programming skills. You can add and edit photos and infoboxes, drag and drop points of interest and change descriptions, customize colors, icons and route styles - and you can do it from anywhere in the world, instantly updating the maps of all users.
Many venues aren’t static. Rooms, stores, stands, opening hours etc. often change, leaving your traditional paper maps outdated very fast. You need a solution as dynamic and flexible as your layout.
5. You have multiple large buildings
In some industries, one building simply isn’t enough. They need a whole campus! Universities, corporate offices, and hospitals often have buildings spread over large areas. So what do you do about navigation between buildings?
MapsIndoors is built with Google Maps which ensures seamless navigation indoors and outdoors. That means that you can guide people from a room inside one building all the way to a room inside another building in one app. That’s convenient for your users that won’t have to change between apps to find their way. It also means that your users will probably be familiar with the interface and functionality of the navigation in your app, since they already know it from Google Maps.
If you want to know more about MapsIndoors and it's possibilities, reach out to one of our sales persons for a chat about your venue and your needs.