International colleges benefit most from wayfinding solutions

February 13, 2018

Large school campuses are usually difficult to navigate for new students and visitors. We installed wayfinding  kiosks for Baltic Defence College which is international college with complicated buildings, facing the same “hard to find” problem. 

Baltic Defence College is located in a big old two-winged building with two modern extension buildings. It is an international school, which means that lots of foreign students, lecturers and visitors need to find their way to lecture halls and cabinets on time.

As if an old building with labyrinth-like corridors isn’t enough. The new part is connected to it with only one glass corridor. So going from the ground floor of the old building to a classroom on the fourth floor of a new building is quite a challenge for a newcomer.

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Most of the university campuses tend to have the same problem. There are many buildings with hundreds of rooms. Even though class schedule is no longer printed out to put up on bulletin boards. Wayfinding is still left on outdated tools – if there’s any wayfinding solution at all.

Interactive wayfinding kiosks are the best answer for college wayfinding solution, in places like this. Of course they cost more than a printed map. But they are also much more useful, practical and can be used for multiple purposes.

In addition to showing directions you could use the screens for announcements, room change notifications, class schedules, bus time tables, events advertising and so much more. Kiosks could also be replaced by a mobile app and iBeacons for indoor positioning.

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3D Technologies R&D has launched 3D floor plan application development kit

April 4, 2014

We are pleased to announce that 3D Technologies R&D has launched a service for software developers to visualize and interact with 3D floor plans. For example users can create Wayfinding, Smart House and Architecture visualization solutions. Using 3D Wayfinder for Developers will save development time and gives users out of the box floor plan. The solution runs on touch-screen kiosks, mobile devices and websites, which makes it well scalable.

3D floor plan example

 

There are many areas where indoor wayfinding solution is useful and even unavoidable, such as shopping centres, transportation stations, sports facilities, hospitals, university campuses, etc. All of these facilities have different kinds of integration needs. This service enables developers to focus on these needs and not to waste time on additional development.

3D Wayfinder takes advantage of the possibilities offered by HTML5 and WebGL, that work on all modern web browsers. Taavi Juursalu, the company’s CTO says: „Our JavaScript API enables developers to intersect and send map specific events, so customizing the map is as easy as the Google Maps API. “

The platform is currently in beta version and therefore free of charge. The company’s Sales and Marketing Manager Kermo Mägi adds: „3D Wayfinder for Developers is one of a kind tool in the World today that helps to widen Digital Signage and indoor wayfinding possibilities. Our service enables any developer to start creating applications without the need for specific skills in 3D field“.

3D Technologies R&D is also offering a full wayfinding solution with 3D floor plans and customer specific software development service. Today, 3DWayfinder helps to find the way in many shopping malls and transportation hubs across the World.

 

More information about 3D Wayfinder for Developers

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