Strategic Cooperation Between MapsPeople and Cisco

Aalborg, Denmark: MapsPeople is pleased to announce its strategic cooperation with the worldwide leader in IT, networking, and cybersecurity solutions, Cisco. The cooperation makes it easy for clients using Cisco’s DNA Spaces to integrate MapsPeople’s indoor mapping platform, MapsIndoors, to further leverage their location data.

The power of visualization

Cisco DNA Spaces is a location platform that allows businesses to use location analytics to gain more insights into the behavior of people and things and how they interact in their physical spaces. By combining this with MapsIndoors businesses can have their location data visualized on a map of their venue which opens up for indoor navigation, room booking, and asset tracking.

The MapsIndoors platform serves as an indoor navigation solution guiding people from point A to point B. With location data from the Cisco network, MapsIndoors is able to detect a user’s position within the building and provide them with turn-by-turn navigation to their destination. Location data also makes it possible to create the blue dot, improving user experience even further.

One of the biggest challenges for many office employees is finding an available meeting room. Cisco DNA Spaces can detect the location of all devices on the network. By linking this data to the physical space businesses can provide employees with a visual representation of available rooms. In addition, the location data can be used for asset tracking and for statistical data and room utilization.

Overwhelming interest

The MapsIndoors integration has just been published on Cisco’s DNA app center, and the interest in combining the two products is already overwhelming. Solutions Engineer at MapsPeople, Matti Jensen, understands why, “Businesses are already investing in capable wireless networks and our native integration to the DNA Spaces ecosystem adds value to such investments; visualizing relevant data on indoor maps. And when MapsIndoors is used for wayfinding, location services positively add to the user experience.”

MapsIndoors already supports positioning from Cisco CMX and Cisco Meraki - and the first solution combining Cisco DNA Spaces and MapsIndoors is ready to be rolled out. MapsPeople partners will be able to offer the setup just after summer. “Our backend developers have been working with this for the past months and it’s now ready to be rolled out. During summer we’ll test the solution together with customers, so our partners can start offering their clients the same setup after summer,” says MapsPeople CTO Jesper Winther.