Campus digital maps – What are they and why do you need them?

Finding your way around a large university campus can be a challenge, but with the help of digital campus maps, navigating becomes much easier. In this post, we’ll explore the benefits of wayfinding and why interactive wayfinding maps are an essential tool for university campuses.

What are digital campus maps?

Digital university maps are a form of digital wayfinding platform that uses maps to help people navigate around a university campus. They can be accessed through a website, mobile web app, QR Code or digital kiosk, and provide users with an interactive map of the campus that’s completely customizable for the campus management team.

Why are they important?

Digital maps and wayfinding platforms can have a significant impact on the campus experience for both students and visitors. Here are some reasons why:

  1. Safety: Digital wayfinding enables students to easily and quickly navigate unfamiliar areas of the campus, reducing stress and anxiety associated with getting lost. Students are now empowered to know where they are going late at night or be guided by illuminated pathways improves campus safety.
  2. Improved navigation: With interactive digital maps, users can easily find their way around campus. The maps provide turn-by-turn directions and allow users to search for specific locations, making it easier to navigate a large and complex campus.
  3. Real-time updates: Digital maps can be updated in real-time to reflect changes in the environment, such as construction or event closures. This ensures that users have accurate and up-to-date information at all times.
  4. Customization: 3D campus maps can be customized to meet the specific needs of the campus. For example, maps can be designed to highlight accessible routes, provide directions to specific departments or buildings, or display emergency evacuation routes. 3D models, the schools branding and sponsor logos can even be placed in the maps.
  5. Cost-effective: Unlike traditional paper maps and signage, digital maps are cost-effective in the long run. Updates can be made quickly and easily without the need for physical changes to signage or maps.
  6. Enhance visitor experience: Digital wayfinding maps can improve the overall visitor experience by making it easy for guests to navigate the campus and find their way to important events or locations. This can lead to increased visitor satisfaction and a more positive image for the university.

How do digital wayfinding platforms work?

The interactive maps are typically accessed through a website, mobile web app, QR codes on temporary signs or digital kiosks. Users can search for specific locations, view different areas of the campus, and get turn-by-turn directions to their destination. PAM’s digital campus maps also include additional features such as, accessible wayfinding, real-time safety updates, building information, events and even tenant promotions.

Overall, interactive digital maps are a valuable tool for any university. By leveraging technology to help people navigate their environment, universities can improve the overall well-being and productivity of their students and visitors.

Are you looking for interactive digital maps for your campus? Get in touch with us today for a demo or introduction to the Smart Navigation Platform.

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