It is exciting to see more companies join the indoor mapping space as we all work towards the same goal: making indoor spaces easy to navigate. While we have the same objective, each indoor mapping provider takes a slightly different approach. Mappedin looks to our competitors for their unique takes on solving the greater challenge of indoor mapping. This blog will cover some of our competitors doing a great job with indoor mapping and how we differ.
Indoor mapping is essential in guiding visitors through dynamic and complex indoor spaces. People have become accustomed to relying on navigation apps and GPS to discover new places but maintaining the same level of accuracy and connection gets challenging when users move indoors.
Traditional indoor mapping software such as Autodesk’s Revit and AutoCAD are used to create accurate and detailed drawings of a space but these softwares are not designed to make quick or minor map changes and often they do not include map features such as amenities or wayfinding.
On the other end of the mapping spectrum, there are outdoor mapping platforms that rely on GPS. Mapping solutions for indoor spaces are trickier because there isn’t one way to create a mass dataset of these spaces - millions of property owners around the world would need to work collaboratively and each venue would need to be equipped with the tools that enable them to manage their own data.
So where is the middle ground?
Mappedin is a leading provider of indoor mapping solutions. The platform is made up of industry-leading tools for property owners and operators to manage their indoor venue maps and build digital wayfinding experiences into their user-facing applications. Mappedin works with over 900 venues in more than 30 countries around the world.
Customers choose Mappedin because:
Powerful Map Editor: The Mappedin Editor is easy-to-use and allows property owners and managers to maintain their indoor venue maps as their venues change and grow
Robust product offering: Mappedin offers incredible pre-built solutions that have customer maps up-and-running quickly, as well as SDKs for customers that want to create custom maps or integrate additional location-based experiences
Credibility and experience: Mappedin works with a wide variety of companies including Simon Property Group, ServiceNow, Mitsui Fudosan, Vicinity Centres, Saks Fifth Avenue, Seattle Seahawks, Hudson Yards, Arabian Centres, The Dubai Mall, and many others.
Mappedin has over a decade of experience providing indoor mapping solutions to customers. The platform manages over 600 million square feet of indoor space and has served over 140 million directions to people navigating the indoors. Along with vast experience, Mappedin offers intuitive wayfinding solutions and a powerful back-end Map Editor that simplifies map management for property owners, ensuring they can maintain accurate mapping experiences for their guests.
The Mappedin product offering includes 3D and 2D map views, interactive maps, Smart Search driven by machine learning, real-time edits and syncs, blue dot wayfinding, automated and optimized pathing, draft and publish mode, is Apple IMDF approved, and includes additional features to drive foot traffic at your venue.
Mapwize is one of the companies making a difference in the indoor mapping industry. The two solutions differ in that Mappedin is a whitelabeled software and provides interactive 3D maps. In the map creation process, Mapwize users must manually add pathing, whereas Mappedin customers can save time with accurate and automated pathing.
Interactive 3D Maps
While Mapwize users can zoom in and out of digital 2D maps, Mappedin provides an advanced user experience with interactive 3D mapping solutions. With Mappedin, users can zoom as well as pan and rotate the map, allowing them to quickly get familiarized with the venue.
Mappedin’s software is whitelabeled, meaning the Mappedin logo never appears on the front-end solution. This allows customers of Mappedin to adapt the look and feel of the map, branding the front-end solution as their own. Mapwize, in comparison, features their own logo and brand colours on the front-end solution.
Mapwize solution (left) and Mappedin solution (right).
Regardless of the indoor mapping provider, it is important to have accurate and optimized pathing within your venue maps. In the Mapwize editor, Mapwize Studio, map admins click to create their own pathing networks throughout the building. This process can be time consuming for larger venues and result in human error. The Mappedin Editor, however, includes an auto-pathing algorithm which allows users to quickly generate a complex path network with only a fraction of the manual effort.
Automated pathing tool within the Mappedin Editor.
If you have been researching indoor mapping providers, you may have heard of Inpixon. Different from Inpixon, Mappedin’s customers can deploy 3D maps along with 2D ones and important location details are contained within the framework of the indoor map. The Mappedin product offering also includes an out-of-the-box solution for large platforms such as a kiosk or directory and customers hoping to use SDKs have easy access to developer documentation.
3D Maps & Location Details
As previously discussed, Mappedin provides interactive 3D maps with intuitive controls to pan, zoom, and rotate the experience. Further, Mappedin offers a cohesive user experience by showcasing important location details within the map. Details might include a location description, hours, a phone number, and links such as social media sites, a website, reservation booking, and more. In comparison, on Inpixon’s web solution, users must click out from the map to another page of the venue website in order to learn more about one particular location.
Inpixon solution (left) and Mappedin solution (right).
Inpixon “provides developers with a robust set of tools to build map-enabled web and mobile (Android and iOS applications).” Along with web and mobile, standalone directory or kiosk software is fundamental for large, complex venues. Mappedin’s Digital Directory solution is built using the Mappedin Web SDK and enables users to search, discover, and navigate using large-screen displays that are easy-to-use and placed at key entrances and intersections of a venue. Along with a directory solution, Mappedin customers can also use a pre-built web solution and SDKs for web, Android, iOS, and React Native applications.
Availability of Documentation
For customers hoping to build their own custom experience using mapping SDKs, Mappedin offers trial keys and makes developer documentation publicly available. This allows companies evaluating indoor mapping providers to properly evaluate the tools and understand the features and functionality before committing to a particular provider.
ArcGIS Indoors is the third and final indoor mapping provider we will discuss in this piece. While this platform is complex and focused on workplace environments, Mappedin serves a range of different industries with an easy-to-use Map Editor and has placed an importance on stylizing maps for improved user experiences.
Wide Variety of Industries
While ArcGIS Indoors is focused on servicing workplace environments, Mappedin works with a wide variety of industries including workplaces and offices, shopping malls and retailers, stadiums, hospitals and healthcare facilities, campuses, city districts, theme parks, transportation hubs, casinos, and more. As an experienced provider in the indoor mapping industry, Mappedin has taken the time to understand the unique challenges and opportunities of each use case and offers pre-built applications for ease of deployment and SDKs for maximum flexibility.
The Mappedin Editor has been designed for ease of use and does not require customers to be familiar with complex mapping tools such as AutoCAD or formats like Revit. The Mappedin UI is simple and streamlined. As part of onboarding, the Mappedin team does the initial setup to transform 2D building floor plans into digital, interactive indoor maps. After receiving map approval, training is provided to Mappedin customers to ensure they are able to quickly make revisions to the maps as venues change and grow.
Optimized for Consumer Experience
Indoor maps can serve a variety of use cases, ranging from purely operational to experiential. Mappedin has optimized the look and feel of indoor maps and to provide unparalleled consumer experiences and encourages customers to customize and style their maps where possible. This approach ensures that the final mapping solution works for users, regardless of the use case.
ArcGIS Indoors solution (left) and Mappedin solution (right).
Mappedin and our competitors each have a unique approach to solving the challenges of indoor mapping. While there is no right or wrong approach, Mappedin believes in enabling our customers with powerful mapping solutions, easy-to-use tools, and a platform that works for everyone, regardless of industry or use case. Contact us today to get started.
We will continue to look to our competitors for opportunities to grow the Mappedin solution and bring indoor maps to venues around the world.
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