The fast spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus has caused much of the world to go into shutdown. To prevent the virus from spreading to the more vulnerable members of society, we’ve been forced to rethink how we go about our daily lives. Once students and staff return to universities, strategies need to be implemented in relation to new gathering size restrictions.

MazeMap can help make these tasks easier. We take a look at how universities can utilize indoor mapping and other solutions we provide to help them navigate this new way of life.

Navigate straight to your chosen destination

MazeMap’s indoor mapping solution allows students and staff to see the different departments, study spaces, lecture halls, meeting rooms and points of interest so they know exactly where they need to go.

The MazeMap platform can integrate with your university email or timetabling system, enabling directions to be sent out easily in the form of an email, SMS, message or even a picture of the QR code.

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This allows students and staff to navigate straight to their destination, encouraging less crowding in corridors and smaller spaces. With our Map Editor, you can even redirect paths to help people steer clear of narrower spaces, if possible.

Check room availability before you get there

With our room booking system, students and staff can see meeting room availability visualized clearly. When integrated with our maps, staff and students are able to find the closest room to their current location. Information can also be added to show how many people the room can safely accommodate.

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With this feature, it’s easier to manage occupancy and make sure everyone has a space to go in the building. Sensors can be added to these bookable spaces to show whether the room is actually in use. If the person who booked the room never showed up, you can set up the space to become available again after a designated amount of idle time.

Avoid crowds with occupancy heat maps

Our maps can be integrated with Wi-Fi access points or sensor systems to show the volume and placement of people within a building.

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When universities reopen, it is likely that there will still be rules in place that encourage us to ‘social distance’ to a certain extent. Our heatmaps can be used to visualize the data of where people are situated around the building. These heatmaps can be used to encourage people to spread out more and take advantage of the quieter spaces.

They can also be added to information screens and kiosks around the university building.

Use of kiosks to redirect traffic from Info desks

At large campuses, 75-80% of information requested at information desks are related to wayfinding.

Our kiosk solution doesn’t require human contact, reducing the number of people that students and visitors will come into contact with. MazeMap’s flexible Kiosk APIs allow for our maps to be used at multiple kiosks saving both time and frustration for students, staff and visitors. The kiosks can then be used to locate meeting rooms, staff offices, restaurants/cafes, reading spaces, parking spaces, toilets and other points of interest. Once the user has entered their chosen destination, they can scan a QR code which will allow them to take the directions with them on their phone or tablet.

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Use case: Monash University

MazeMap were recently called to a meeting with our clients over at Monash University to discuss how we could help them display the current status of their buildings. A number of their buildings have had to close because of the current health crisis, and they wanted their maps to reflect this.

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Using our JavaScript API, the Monash University map reads the status of the building from a database, queries the building outline from MazeMap and then colors in the building outline to reflect the building status (Open, Access Control or Closed). With the status of some buildings changing hourly, this method requires minimal work to keep the map up-to-date.

If you’d like to discuss how MazeMap can help out your university, get in touch for a non-commital chat.

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