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 Wayfinding is still left on outdated tools – if there’s any wayfinding solution at all.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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Offline Indoor Wayfinding

July 29, 2015

3D Wayfinder provides offline snapshot add-on to create static wayfinding application that can be used without internet connection. Read more about offline indoor wayfinding. 

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When kiosks or digital signage screens don’t have internet connection, then there are 2 options:
1) to use offline snapshot or
2) to install the 3D Wayfinder Enterprise Server locally.

Offline indoor wayfinding snapshot Add-on enables to save 3D Wayfinder projects for offline use. The add-on creates static files of all the assets and modifies the template file for local use. Also to use the snapshot files You need a local web server. Because modern browsers do not allow requests to local files. Read more from the offline snapshot tutorial.

Kiosk or totem set-up is the same as with using 3D Wayfinder from the web.

The only thing with offline snapshots is that after each update the files in kiosk need to be updated.

We are also offering 3D Wayfinder Enterprise Server with Administration panel and everything else, that is needed to administrate wayfinding kiosks locally. For more information, please contact our sales team.

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