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Wayfinding SDK - Indoor Mapping for Shopping Malls

Feb 14, 2022

6 min read

By: Cara Hueston

Digital maps enhance the shopping experience for visitors and provide new efficiencies for mall owners and operators. With Mappedin’s SDKs, shopping malls can build completely custom indoor mapping experiences.

Wayfinding SDK - Indoor Mapping for Shopping Malls

Indoor Mapping & Wayfinding SDK for Smart Shopping Malls

Indoor mapping solutions for shopping malls improve the shopper experience, boost visibility of your tenants, and increase internal efficiencies. Our mapping and wayfinding SDKs allow shoppers to search and discover the retailers and services available at your shopping mall while delivering valuable insights back to your business.

How Do Wayfinding SDKs Work?

Mappedin’s Mobile and Web SDKs allow you to build a completely custom and accurate navigation experience, regardless of industry or use case. Our SDKs encompass a wide variety of components and features required to easily integrate mapping into any application. Wayfinding SDKs provide developers with a flexible solution to create unique digital experiences. 

Advantages for Developers

With 24/7 support, how-to guides, sample applications, comprehensive API documentation, and access to Release Roadmap and Version Migration Guides, Mappedin ensures that you have the tools required to build a powerful and seamless wayfinding experience. 

Mappedin's SDKs are highly integrable with other datasets and integrations, and we offer developers the flexibility to use React Native for Android and iOS devices through the same platform. This makes SDKs easily accessible to all, and can be a more cost efficient option with fast development incentives. Mappedin's dedication to the customer experience ensures a continual improvement of our developer tools and an expansion of SDK capabilities.

Benefits of Indoor and Outdoor Mapping SDK for Shopping Malls

Digital maps enhance the shopping experience for visitors and provide new efficiencies for mall owners and operators. There are several benefits to using indoor outdoor shopping mall maps, including accurate mapping experiences, powerful search and discovery, a branded experience, highlighting events and promotions, and gleaning valuable shopper insights from map analytics. In addition to these benefits, wayfinding SDKs and APIs have a number of their own compelling features.  

World-Class Accuracy

To provide the most accurate and efficient route for users, wayfinding SDKs can be used in conjunction with positioning infrastructure to determine the precise location of a device within a venue and populates turn-by-turn directions to your desired destination. This accuracy provides advanced mall navigation with an experience similar to that of Apple or Google Maps, wherein shoppers can quickly assess their “you are here” location within the venue. 

Step-by-Step Navigation

By incorporating indoor positioning technology within your venue, you can enable step-by-step navigation for shoppers and ensure a seamless 3D wayfinding experience. For multi-story malls, turn-by-turn directions also detect the current floor of a shopper and developers can incorporate an automatic floor switch into the digital mapping solution for users as they navigate through the venue. 


Shopping malls using Mappedin SDKs can enjoy real-time updates from both the Mappedin CMS and third party data syncs. For example, when edits are made in the Map Creator, such as adding a pop-up store, or changing the hours of a particular retailer, these changes are quickly reflected on the front-end mapping solution. Similarly, for customers using their own CMS to update location data, Mappedin’s SDKs and APIs pull real-time updates to reflect those changes.  

Points-of-Interest (POIs)

Mall owners and operators have complete control of relevant points of interest (POIs) displayed across the wayfinding maps. Using the SDK, customers can also choose to highlight popular or important amenities, such as washrooms, security, fire exits, and so on. 

Seamless Indoor Wayfinding

Intuitive wayfinding can help shoppers locate products, brands, and retailers across your mall but indoor mapping is not limited to the retail industry. Wayfinding SDKs can be used to help students navigate university and college campuses, employees locate meeting rooms in their office, patients find specific departments in a hospital, and much more. Mappedin’s flexible platform enables you to build mapping solutions for a variety of use cases

Advanced Accessibility

Creating an indoor navigation solution that is accessible to all is extremely important. Mappedin's products have been deployed globally, and we strive to support as many languages as possible to ensure inclusivity across your shopping centres. You can better accommodate students by enabling them to set their language preferences on the campus map. With Mappedin's Accessibility Mode, indoor maps can provide users with accessible routes that prioritize elevators and ramps over stairs and escalators.  

Use Your Map in Your Mobile, Web, and Kiosk Apps

By creating an indoor mapping experience through Mappedin’s SDKs, you are not limited to specific devices when building your indoor navigation application. Wayfinding SDKs can be used to deploy custom shopping mall maps across mobile, web, and kiosk apps. 


Mappedin’s Web SDK has been leveraged to build applications across platforms. Whether you want to create custom kiosk wayfinding signage across your venue or a mobile or web application, the Web SDK is what Mappedin’s own pre-built applications are built on, meaning its capabilities are constantly expanding. 

iOS & Android SDKs

For shopping malls hoping to integrate mapping into their mobile applications, such as Cadillac Fairview or Simon Property Group, a Mobile SDK is often the best choice. Customers can choose to build their experience using Mappedin's iOS and Android SDKs, or they may opt to use the React Native SDK to build once and deploy across both device types. 

How to Make the Most of our Wayfinding SDK for Shopping Malls

Mappedin’s Integrations team is dedicated to the evolution of our SDKs and their successful implementations. With robust documentation, migration guides, and developer support, you can launch this solution across your shopping centres without worry. 

More About Wayfinding SDK for Shopping Malls

Mappedin’s mall management software makes it easy to manage your digital maps as well as retailers, restaurants, shops, and their location details. Our SDKs provide intuitive wayfinding and allow visitors to make the most of their shopping trip to your centre. 

For further documentation on our SDKs and APIs, visit our Developer Portal. To start improving your shopping malls with indoor mapping or to book a free demo, contact us today