Indoor positioning and navigation for universities (campuses)
Large educational institutions that occupy big areas often face the problem of lack of convenient navigation for teachers and students. In order to solve this question, it is quite reasonable to use a campus navigation app for moving around the campus and academic buildings. Thanks to implementing the campus navigation system, all the information on location will be available on mobile devices and the detection of the necessary objects will become much simpler. Alongside with geolocation, the platform can be used for managing events in the university, analytics, notifying and sending information to users’ smartphones.
Features of indoor navigation and positioning system in educational institutions
Universities are large institutions with a complex infrastructure that can be located in different parts of the campus. It often causes difficulties for visitors and new students who have to find the necessary objects. The implementation of the indoor navigation system provides users with an instant guide opening many possibilities.
Building a route to the necessary room or object
The university infrastructure can include academic buildings, dormitories, walk-through tunnels, cafes, libraries, labs and many other places. Not all students can easily and quickly find the necessary place. For simplifying their search, the system makes it possible to build routes from one point to another. Users are provided with a step-by-step navigation along the university halls and buildings with a possibility to get notifications or tips based on their location.
Search for vacant rooms
It often happens that for conducting classes, conferences and other events it is necessary to look for free rooms. If there are many rooms, it isn’t an easy task. By means of the platform, it’s possible to get information about people’s location and quickly define which room is vacant. It optimizes training time, improves students’ and teachers’ comfort and also positions the university as a modern educational space.
Sending notifications to students and teachers
Accurate navigation in real time lets the university authority effectively manage the educational institution. All the information related to current issues and forthcoming events can be promptly sent to users’ smartphones in the form of push-notifications. The system can inform about the following events:
- Scheduled conferences, meetings, etc.
- Changes in timetables.
- Interdisciplinary updates.
- Campus calendar.
- Other information related to study and university life.
Quick student management in case of emergencies
In case of emergencies, the indoor navigation for college allows managing visitors effectively in real time. Using this system, users can quickly select optimal routes and find the nearest exits from buildings. The system can detect large gatherings of people, make ‘heat maps’ and send notifications on emergencies. It increases students’ safety in the campus and reduces the risk of accidents.
Tracking university assets
Within the campus territory there are many assets that are considered material values. The room positioning system can control their location and movement around the area. Every such object is equipped with a beacon that identifies the asset location and makes it possible to check its presence within the specified area. Moreover, using this platform, one can build routes to objects.
Technologies for system implementation
In order to make the campus navigation system effectively search the necessary objects, the following technologies can be applied:
- Wi-Fi – functions by defining the user’s coordinates using Wi-Fi points. The MAC-address and the RSSI level are used for detecting the location, they allow positioning without the necessity to install additional equipment.
- Bluetooth – defines location by means of radio waves. In recent years geolocation has been carried out using the BLE standard that is characterized by smaller energy consumption, low implementation costs and a wide active range (up to 100 m).
- UWB – uses short impulses with a high bandwidth. UWB signals differ in high protection from interference, stable connection, compatibility with any devices that use the radio frequency spectrum.
Navigine develops universal solutions for implementing indoor navigation into the company’s infrastructure. Our platforms provide effective indoor positioning and can be easily adapted for universities and other educational institutions. Our portfolio includes the pilot version of indoor navigation using iBeacons that we developed at the beginning of our activity for Lomonosov Moscow State University.