In a corporate campus environment, indoor mapping and location technologies can help to streamline a variety of everyday processes and eliminate many common frustrations. From checking the status of a given meeting room or workspace and reserving it to checking the status and location of equipment or resources in a building, having visual context of a space and its assets significantly enhances one's ability to use this information.
So, what value does visual context provide?
Not only can you see where something is in relation to a given space, with a map you can access turn-by-turn directions and make smarter more informed decisions. For instance, when scheduling a meeting, you can book a room in closer proximity to your attendees. For facilities management, maintenance teams can be sent out to perform repairs in the most efficient sequence. It’s also worth noting the multiple ways in which maps can be leveraged on corporate campuses. When using a mapping platform, smart buildings can leverage AI and machine learning to optimize building systems such as lighting schedules, temperature monitoring, power supply and distribution, and more.
With a mapping platform, employees have to access a visual database of available work or meeting spaces and can interact with those spaces digitally. In the context of AI, smart buildings can leverage machine learning to analyze systems and path-flow to automate lighting schedules optimizing energy-efficiency. Furthermore, for operational workflows such as maintenance schedules, maps can be used to visualize data from various systems to help identify and prioritize where work should be done first. For example, if a maintenance manager could see where all the highest value assets that need servicing are, they can optimize a maintenance plan that meets the business needs best.
Indoor mapping platforms provide organizations with the tools to visualize, manage, and analyze spatial data in the context of an indoor map. Essentially, it transforms flat static data into indoor intelligence. This is done by overlaying multiple data layers on maps, each which can be associated with third-party data sources to visualize and render data in real-time. This makes it possible for users to power multiple use cases such as wayfinding, asset tracking, BI, building energy efficiency, facilities management and more, without having to manage more than one sets of maps.
Having data visualized on a map from various systems provides new insights and links between data that wouldn't be revealed in a spreadsheet, such as space utilization metrics. It allows you to see actual room occupancy based on sensors versus basic room booking information. A key value is not just knowing where something is, but having the intelligence or context of what is happening.
The benefits of transitioning to a digitally-aware space range from improved productivity and engagement to increased operational efficiencies. In many organizations today, employees are demanding a more modern work environment with tools that make their day easier and more productive. Automating manual tasks that create a more seamless and optimized experience, like booking a meeting room or finding a ‘hot desk,’ is becoming a standard people expect. Enabling employees to perform routine tasks more easily will facilitate a more productive workforce while also benefiting from important metrics like meeting spaces utilization. Once you know how space is being used, smarter decisions can be made around space reductions or retrofitting, that can have far reaching impacts across an organization.