Welcome to Indoorway! This Quick Start guide describes first steps required to create and deploy your first location. We’ll smoothly guide you through mapping the indoor world! ;-)
At the beginning, you will find the initial setup wizard on the home page dashboard.
To add a new location, type in its address. The position on the map will be displayed - confirm if it’s correct. Then give your location a name. It will help you identify the location quickly. The name will also be used in the end-users’ applications.
To create a location you need to give it a name. The name will help you to quickly identify the location. It will also be used in the end-users’ applications.
Once you've added a location, you will be able to go to the Map Creator. The first map is created automatically when setting up the location.
When you go to the Map Creator, upload a space plan first. The plan should be in JPG, PNG, GIF or PDF format, maximum size 10MB and the resolution at least 1000px in width or height.
Next, apply your location’s contour. The correct outline will help to apply areas and markers later on. It will also be a background in the end-users’ applications.
In the Map Creator you can divide your venue into areas and points.
An area is a confined space on a building plan. It can be e.g. a room, a set of desks in the office, toilets, stairs or elevators. Areas can be set through the use of tools Polygon and Circle.
A point is a single spot on a building plan which doesn’t have its own outline. It can be e.g. an ATM, an entrance or a vending machine. To set a point use Marker.
Areas and points should be given user-friendly names. The names will be displayed on end-users maps, as well as in analytical dashboard and its statistics. Only Inaccesible areas do not need any names.
Optionally, you can add tags and icons to each area. Some of them have predefined default icons, which are applied automatically. You can delete a default icon at the settings menu.
Some objects can be snapped to other objects. To temporarily disable this function hold ALT button while drawing.
The next step is creating indoor paths. Information given at this point is crucial for effective user location.
To set a path use Path tool in the Map Creator. Pathways can be created by adding a connected series of points, which constitute a polygonal chain. A path cannot end in the spot it has been started. Finish the process of creating a path by clicking on its last point.
Paths built in the Map Creator are processed by Indoorway algorithms so that they can deliver the most accurate data.
Now place your space plan in the correct position on the map. Fill in the name of your location and area size. Then adjust the space outline with the location outline on map.
Accurate alignment is important for indoor location services and algorithm calculations. When the map is finished, you cannot go back to this step
To use location services, you have to install and configure beacons. For more information about this process, go to "How to install and configure beacons for Indoorway?", where you will find a brief tutorial.
Use Indoorway Measurement application to digitize your environment. You can download it on Google Play or the App Store. You need to log in to an administrative account, or an account with a permission to send radiomaps. After logging in, you will see the full list of maps.
When you select a map, dots of different colors will appear on the paths:
- Blue - indicates that no measurements have been done in this spot.
- Yellow - means that the measurement hasn’t been successful, or it has been made in unfavorable conditions. If the dot turns yellow, please repeat the measurement.
- Green - if the dot turns green, the measurement has been done correctly.
Once you have finished creating the radiomap, you should go back to the Dashboard. The Locations page will show information about the completed radiomap. This map can be sent to end-users by clicking "Publish" button.
At this point your space plan is ready to use. It’s time to set up your app.