Profile-Based Routing in Indoor Navigation

Buildings these days are becoming bigger and more complex, and navigating through these spaces can sometimes be a difficult process. Indoor navigation can assist in making the wayfinding within these venues a lot easier, but for certain places, there’s a need for more than one possible way of guiding people through the areas. 

Imagine an airport, or a hospital. These venues are typically large and always bustling with life, and a lot of employees make their way around the buildings on a daily basis. More often than not, they use doors and corridors that are not open to everyone, but even these ‘behind-the-scenes’ areas can be difficult to navigate. In order for staff and employees to find the shortest and quickest route to their destination, indoor navigation could definitely be an advantage, but of course, you don’t want travellers or guests to be guided through the restricted areas that only your staff is allowed into. Guests and visitors don’t require the same visibility into your buildings as your employees do, so it would be necessary to have two different sets of maps, if not more, for visitors and employees. Fortunately, a specific feature for indoor wayfinding technology makes it possible to use one map and customize it to let different users see different routes. 

Profile-based routing allows you to decide who gets access to different parts of the building. This means that your staff can be lead through parts of the venue which guests and visitors will be guided around. This has the potential to make your staff’s work day a lot more efficient as they won’t be moving through crowded areas and can take shortcuts to their destination. 

MapsIndoors supports profile-based routing for both the web application, as well as iOS and Android apps. This means that you can easily customize your indoor wayfinding by creating different profiles for the users of your venue using the MapsIndoor CMS. If you use the MapsIndoors standard app, users can pick their own profile, but if you integrate MapsIndoors into your already existing app, you get the opportunity to decide between allowing users to choose their profile themselves, or to set up a default value for users. 

If you are interested in finding out more, you’re always welcome to reach out to our experts to hear more about profile-based routing.

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