Unfamiliar with the indoor mapping industry? We discuss some of the unique considerations when choosing between two indoor mapping providers: Mappedin and MapsPeople.
Mappedin and MapsPeople have a similar goal of making the indoors easier to navigate, but they differ in many ways. Let's delve into these differences, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each platform, and how to choose the right provider for your use case.
Mappedin provides venue owners with a single platform to manage their property maps and create accurate mapping experiences. With over a decade of experience providing mapping solutions to customers, the platform manages over 755 million square feet of indoor space in more than 40 countries. Along with vast experience, Mappedin offers intuitive, digital wayfinding applications and a powerful back-end Map Editor that simplifies map management for property owners.
Mappedin's indoor mapping platform provides user-friendly, enterprise-grade tools that don't require extensive knowledge or training to use. The Mappedin Editor is easy-to-use, self-serve, and allows property owners and managers to maintain their indoor venue maps as their properties change and grow. As a newer indoor mapping tool, it has been adapted and simplified in many ways so that anyone can edit their maps with ease.
Mappedin offers incredible pre-built solutions that have customer maps up and running quickly, as well as SDKs and developer tools for customers that want to create custom maps, applications, or integrate additional location-based experiences. Compatible with any device, customers can display maps on their website, in a mobile app, or on digital directories.
Mappedin works with a wide variety of companies including Simon Property Group, Cadillac Fairview, The Australian Grand Prix, Mitsui Fudosan, Vicinity Centres, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macerich, Hudson Yards, The Dubai Mall, and many others. They have mapped more indoor square feet than MapsPeople and many other competitors.
MapsPeople is an indoor mapping platform based in Denmark. MapsPeople's indoor wayfinding platform, MapsIndoors, is built on Google Maps to enable an easier transition from the outdoors to the indoors. This solution is designed to simplify navigation and can be integrated with an indoor positioning system for an additional cost.
The Mappedin indoor mapping platform includes 3D and 2D map views, interactive indoor and outdoor mapping and navigation, powerful search driven by machine learning, real-time edits and syncs, analytics, blue dot wayfinding, multi-language support, automated and optimized pathing, draft and publish mode, is Apple IMDF approved, and includes additional features such as directory ads to drive foot traffic at your venue.
The MapsIndoors solution includes 2D map visualizations, wayfinding capabilities, interactive maps, search, and map editor tools. The product offering also includes manual pathing, outdoor to indoor navigation, and data syncs.
Mappedin is an experienced provider in the indoor mapping industry, and has taken the time to understand the unique challenges and opportunities of each use case and industry. Mappedin offers pre-built applications, such as digital directories or web app, for ease of deployment and also offers mapping SDKs for maximum flexibility and customizability. For instance, custom indoor mapping solutions for workplaces, commercial venues, or venues requiring multi-building navigation, can be built using the powerful SDK. Customers wanting to use SDKs also have access to developer documentation and an interactive playground to explore SDK capabilities in real-time.
Mappedin does not sell indoor positioning solutions as part of their mapping offering, which can be a disadvantage if you prefer to work with only one provider to create your location-based experience. However, Mappedin can provide guidance on how to achieve an indoor positioning solution with several partnered providers.
MapsPeople provides digital wayfinding experiences for corporate offices, convention centers, and a few other industries. Based in Denmark, this provider understands first-hand the languages, culture, and unique differences as it pertains to European businesses. This can be an advantage, particularly for venues located in and operating in the EU.
MapsIndoors is delivered to customers as SDKs and APIs, which can be a big disadvantage as it requires developer effort to get started. There is no pre-built solution for customers to get up and running quickly with their maps.
While Mappedin and Mapwize have similar mapping goals, their ease of use, industry expertise, customer experience, and pricing differ in many ways. Let's explore this next.
The Mappedin platform is incredibly flexible, user-friendly, and easy to integrate with other apps and frameworks. Mappedin handles the initial setup of transforming 2D building floor plans into digital interactive maps, and provides customers with a self-serve Map Editor to maintain their indoor venue maps. In comparison, the MapsPeople platform is not self-serve. While customers can update location-based data on their map quite easily, additional changes must be done by submitting a ticket to their support team.
MapsPeople serves corporate offices, convention centers, stadiums, airports, hospitals, universities, and retail. In comparison, Mappedin's indoor navigation platform can be found powering mapping experiences across a wide range of industries including malls, offices, transportation hubs, city districts, campuses, stadiums, retail, healthcare facilities, theme parks, outdoor venues, and more.
Focusing on the customer is one of Mappedin's company values. The Mappedin team is dedicated to providing the best customer experience by putting customers and partners first. This emphasis on customer support and success ensures that Mappedin delivers continuous value and exceeds expectations. MapsPeople also provides customer support by enabling you to report bugs and problems, request map updates, and more, from their website.
Pricing for the MapsPeople indoor navigation solution, MapsIndoors, depends on various factors including the size of the venue, your indoor positioning needs, and additional requirements. Mappedin's product is sold under an annual licensing model that can be used as a standalone application or integrated within another application. This allows for flexibility in building just about anything that incorporates an indoor map.
Mappedin and MapsPeople have their own approaches to solving the challenges of indoor mapping. While they are both good options, Mappedin believes in enabling customers with powerful 3D mapping solutions, easy-to-use tools, and a platform that works for everyone, regardless of industry or use case.
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