How does indoor mapping work?

Interior mapping is the essential tool for finding your way around a building. Without it, you can only rely on your sense of direction to find your way around a building. This digital version of a map facilitates our understanding of spaces and transforms all our movements. But how does indoor mapping work in practice? Answer in this article.

Interior mapping: how does it work?

Digital interior mapping is the 3.0 version of the paper map displayed at the entrance of a building. It allows you to find your way in space in 3 dimensions, and it guides you in an intuitive and practical way to your destination. A dream tool for those who don’t have a sense of direction!

To take advantage of the benefits of this solution, you first need an up-to-date building map. Just as your GPS needs the latest update of a road map to lead you to the right place by the right route, digital mapping requires up-to-date and accurate data. This map is then modeled into a 3D digital version, showing walls, elevators, stairs and floors.

Indoor mapping is a digital service but it is used without a mobile application or network. It is therefore practical and very easy to use. It is accessible via digital kiosks or via a simple QR code displayed on a kakemono at the entrance of the building. Visitors just have to scan it with their smartphone to access the map. At this point, they just need to enter their location and destination, then the video guidance system takes over to show them the way.

The concrete applications of interior mapping

Indoor mapping is mainly used to facilitate navigation and orientation of visitors. It can therefore help you find your way in any type of building, especially large complexes that receive the public (hospital, airport, station, hotel, etc.). In a warehouse, it is an effective solution to optimize the flow and facilitate the rotation of deliveries.

Because it provides a 3D view, digital mapping can also be used to locate points of interest in a building, no matter what floor they are on, such as stores on your route in a shopping mall, the mystery section in a library, or your location in an underground parking garage.

However, its applications go beyond simple orientation in a building. With indoor mapping, you can model specific routes and then make them accessible in web mode or via different QR codes. You can enhance the user experience at an event (visiting an exhibition in a museum, an open day at a university…), or increase safety by publishing routes to evacuation points in case of fire.

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