To keep up with our rapidly evolving technological world, businesses in every industry are implementing new initiatives and testing out new technology.
Mapping is one of the most critical and necessary services across the globe. Mapping has made considerable strides in the digital sphere with features that do everything from essential wayfinding to increasing efficiencies and enhancing customer experience. The innovations that have developed over the years come as no surprise. One such innovation is dynamic mapping. Dynamic mapping is a must for organizations with a large area to manage.
What is Dynamic Mapping?
Dynamic mapping is a cartographic concept that is used to depict dynamic spatial phenomena or to present spatial information in a, for lack of better terms, dynamic way. A dynamic map can accommodate changes to data sources in real-time.
To put it more simply, a dynamic map is an interactive map that allows users to freely pan and zoom. A dynamic map can accommodate large amounts of markers that are linked with loaded data.
Dynamic maps require a massive amount of data that is gathered from multiple different sources in order to ensure accuracy and completion. Dynamic maps are helpful for their ability to visualize complex spatial data. With a dynamic map, users can zoom in or out and decide what additional details they want to see. Dynamic maps are easier to read and less congested due to their ability to toggle particular data views on and off the map. Additionally, dynamic maps can provide businesses with valuable insights into things like security, design, network performance, and even troubleshooting.
At its origin, dynamic mapping was used for the purpose of showing spatial processes on maps. However, in the 1990s, computer animation propelled this concept’s expansion to include the dynamic presentation of spatial data. Computer animation has improved the dynamic visualization of spatial data by making it interactive and increasing its usability for both demonstration and exploration purposes. Eventually, technological innovations like virtual reality will further enhance the interactivity of dynamic mapping.
Interactive Mapping is a form of dynamic digital mapping. An interactive map will change depending on what the user inputs. Interactive maps are typically characterized by an intuitive user interface and tools that allow for zooming and navigating around the map. Graphic attribute-based map interactions include changes in scale, such as zoom-in or zoom-out display, and changes in perspective or map view.
Dynamic Mapping Platforms
A dynamic mapping platform can provide multiple mapping technologies in one single platform. This platform is centered around creating a digital map, and the data-driven mapping technology includes detailed information for the user. Combining various mapping technologies to create one dynamic mapping platform provides many benefits.
Why Dynamic Mapping?
The purpose for exploring spatial data through dynamic mapping is to gather data and reveal unknowns. This is usually accomplished through a high degree of human interaction. Animation is frequently an essential component of data exploration. However, standalone spatial data exploration is also possible.
The global digital map market size is projected to grow from USD 13.9 billion in 2019 to USD 29.4 billion by 2024. The wide adoption of 3D platforms, increasing adoption of mobile computing devices for navigation and rapidly advancing technologies for digital map-making are all contributing to the growth of an already expanding market.
Here are some factors that make a dynamic mapping platform highly beneficial to businesses.
Dynamic mapping platforms are seamlessly integrated with third-party applications, making it easier for companies to combine their data collection applications into the mapping system itself. This opens the door for adding many other features to the application in order to save time, enhance the user experience, and improve task management.
Whether it be new or tenured employees, sometimes work gets delayed due to inefficient processes. Additionally, it can be stressful for new employees to find their way through a novel environment. Indoor dynamic mapping allows employees to quickly find where they need to be, share locations with each other within the building, and complete processes like booking available spaces with maximum efficiency. This eliminates the time that is wasted while looking for an item, person, or available space. Employees have access to the information that is necessary for them to plan and execute their tasks with maximum efficiency.
Accessibility and Safety
Dynamic maps are a huge win for accessibility endeavors. Dynamic maps can do everything from providing voice-guided navigation for the visually impaired to showing detailed and necessary information like the locations of bathrooms, elevators, fire escapes, emergency exits, etc.
Digital maps help users navigate to their destinations, even indoors. It is not difficult to get lost in a large indoor space with complex infrastructure. Digital maps allow users to easily navigate around a building and quickly get to their destination. Indoor maps can show details like where bathrooms and elevators are located, location details like room numbers and department names, or even vital information like where emergency exits are located. This improves the experience for those who are visiting by eliminating the stress of getting lost and making getting to their destination a breeze.
GoodMaps is an indoor digital mapping platform with a simple mission: to further the cause of accessible navigation. The GoodMaps mission is to improve the accessibility, safety, and productivity of indoor spaces. We do this by creating and maintaining accurate and secure 2D and 3D digital maps, providing accurate positioning, and delighting users with a trusted wayfinding experience.
Additionally, the GoodMaps Studio platform provides a portal where business and venue owners can access and edit their digital maps in multiple views: 2D floorplan, 3D model, and LiDAR point cloud. Within the portal, owners have the ability to maintain and edit point of interest data. GoodMaps allows venue owners to share mapping data with other public platforms such as Apple Maps, Google Maps, Open Street Maps, and other third-party sources.
If you are interested in learning more about how digital mapping can benefit your business, contact us today.