April 14, 2021

Indoor Mapping Engine for Map-Enabled Applications

12 minute read

As a key component of our platform for many years, indoor mapping is an instrumental pillar to indoor intelligence. Inpixon’s indoor maps enable organizations to completely change the dynamic of their buildings; making indoor spaces smart, connected, and easy to navigate.  

What is Indoor Mapping? 

Indoor mapping is an innovative technology that allows static maps and building floor plans to be converted into digital, interactive maps of an indoor space. In addition to powering indoor navigation capabilities, indoor maps leverage business rules, indoor positioning and the Internet of Things (IoT), to enable users to visualize spatial data, improve indoor experiences and create real-time indoor location intelligence.  

Indoor maps are a key component to creating smart spaces, and act as the starting point for all projects requiring location-awareness. 

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How does Inpixon Mapping work? 

Inpixon Mapping is an extensible platform that scales to meet evolving enterprise indoor mapping needs. By integrating with existing (and future) data and systems, you can create location-aware map-enabled apps that power multiple use cases and can be extended not only to guests, but to other users as well (i.e.: facilities, security, business intelligence, etc.).  

Our indoor mapping platform converts static maps (DWG, SVG, JPG, GeoJSON, PNG, PDF) into intelligent, multi-dimensional digital maps by overlaying multiple data layers to create scalable, location-aware applications. These maps are then integrated with various platforms and data sets (your business data, third-party systems and data) via SDKs and APIs enabling a wide range of map-enabled use cases. 

SDKs 

Our Software Development Kits control how maps are presented. Developers can use our SDKs to deliver maps that render at lightning speed, are interactive, and are easily stylized for consistent branding.  

APIs  

Inpixon’s APIs easily link and synchronize external systems and data to your maps. This means you can build solutions that solve your problems without sacrificing features. With a library of secure APIs, Inpixon Mapping can be extended to support tailored solutions while managing all associated data with the web-based CMS.  

CMS 

The Inpixon Mapping Content Management System (CMS) enables you to create, view, manage, and edit all your maps in real time. This allows you to easily manage your venue data across a global portfolio of buildings and seamlessly configure associated map components. 

What features can you expect to find in an Inpixon map? 

Some common features in an Inpixon map include: 

  • Wayfinding with or without landmarks 
  • Accessibility routing 
  • Indoor positioning 
  • Zones/geofence notifications 
  • Amenity/destination search 
  • Sophisticated content management system (CMS) 
  • Flexible APIs 
  • User management system 
  • Integrations with related systems (Analytics Kit / Google Maps / GeoJSON exports) 

Industries that can benefit from indoor mapping technology 

There are numerous industries that can benefit from the capabilities provided by indoor mapping. While some of these capabilities apply to multiple industries, there are unique and valuable key benefits for each one.  

Corporate campuses and large office buildings 

Corporate campuses benefit greatly from asset tracking and the ability to check meeting room statuses and book rooms. Additionally, organizations can gather analytical information from end user interactions with smart employee applications to continuously improve operations.  

Hospitals and healthcare facilities 

Hospitals and healthcare facilities benefit from using situational awareness to enhance patient and visitor experiences, uncover data patterns and trends, and gain real-time intelligence into operations through location data. Additionally, granting users access to different map views based on their profile means that healthcare facilities can create different, customized experiences for different types of users like patients, staff, and visitors.  

Manufacturing and industrial facilities  

There are multiple benefits for manufacturing and industrial facilities that use indoor mapping technology, some of which include safeguarding worker health and productivity, enforcing no-phone zones, preventing costly workplace accidents, and improving worker productivity and output quality.  

What to look for when evaluating indoor mapping technologies? 

When evaluating indoor mapping technologies, especially for enterprise use cases, you should look for certain key criteria including:  

Interoperability  

Our development tools and open architecture enable extensive interoperability. Some examples include RESTful APIs, support of extensions and external IDs, modular SDKs, and our modular, plug-in architecture. 

Scalability  

Our solution is designed from the ground up for large enterprises. With millions of square feet, hundreds of properties on multiple continents and support for multiple languages, our solution is built to grow with an organization. All utilizing a single instance of our multi-tenant SaaS platform.  

Layer-based maps  

Layer based maps can be associated with external data sources and used to address multiple use cases for different user types. 

Permission-based profiles  

Grant or restrict access to different map views based on a user’s profile with a single set of maps, reducing administration time significantly. 

Geospatial accuracy  

Geospatial accuracy is necessary for your map to interoperate with other systems. It is an important factor in determining wayfinding routes, especially for multiple levels and entrances. Affixing your building’s indoor maps to the map of the world also supports outdoor-indoor navigation. 

When it comes down to it, maps are just the first step  

There are endless possibilities to create exceptional, frictionless experiences with our indoor mapping engine. Some of these possibilities include indoor navigation and wayfindingoutdoor-indoor navigationasset tracking and status, map profilesproximity messaging and servicesindoor geofencinglocation sharing, business intelligence, physical security, and more!  

Inpixon mapping gives you the tools to drive digital innovation, increase productivity, and optimize efficiencies through connected technologies.  

 

Book a 20-minute call to find out how to make your space a connected, smart building with indoor location intelligence.

Topic(s): Mapping
Author

Jon Barnett

As Inpixon's VP of Engineering, Jon Barnett leverages his experience to set the technical direction for Inpixon's indoor mapping platform and ensures the delivery of powerful solutions by fostering agile thinking and teamwork. Passionate about innovation, he values constant exposure to current software engineering practices and encourages this within his team.

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