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Adding Wayfinding Paths to a Floorplan

In a Juniper Mist™ implementation, indoor location wayfinding paths are just like roads in a GPS navigation application. The wayfinding paths are the routes that users travel to reach their indoor destination, usually in the form of hallways, corridors, or intersections. You should be familiar with the physical space before you add wayfinding paths to the floorplan.

Note:

Wayfinding paths are not required for indoor location wayfinding. However, we strongly recommend that you configure these paths so that the blue dot on the user’s mobile app will snap to the path that you want users to follow. The blue dot will separate from the path when a user strays away.

When creating a wayfinding path, follow these best practices:

  • Minimize the number of wayfinding paths on the floorplan. Draw a single, long path for a single hallway, for example. This approach reduces error and prevents gaps between paths. It also reduces the chance of the blue dot moving around jumpily while the user is on the path.

  • If you have multiple paths, make sure that they are truly connected and that no gaps exist. To avoid potential issues, draw paths so that they intersect one another.

  • Delete any excess segments or nodes by selecting them and then clicking Delete on your keyboard.

  • Add paths for narrow walkway areas such as hallways, corridors, or any areas where your users need guidance.

    You do not need to add paths to open areas, such as a cafeteria. As users move around the area, the blue dot guides them toward nearby paths.

  1. From the left menu of the Juniper Mist portal, select Location > Live View.
  2. Select the site and the floorplan.
  3. Click Wayfinding Paths.
  4. Under Drawing Tool on the right, click Insert Path.
  5. Start drawing your path, as follows:
    1. Click inside the floorplan to indicate the starting point of the path.
    2. Move to the next point that you want the path to include and click there to continue drawing the path.
    3. Click the last point drawn to finish drawing the path. This exits the drawing tool.
    Animation: adding a wayfinding path
    Note:

    To replay the animation, refresh the web page.

  6. Fine-tune your paths.
    • If you added multiple lines, zoom in on the floorplan to verify that no gaps exist.

    • Add walls to keep the blue dot contained within a desired vicinity. For example, if there are walls around the room that a user is in, the blue dot will be contained within that space. Walls prevent the blue dot from snapping to paths outside of an enclosed area. For more information, see Add Walls to Improve Wayfinding.

    • Add Exclusion Zones to indicate areas where you don't want the blue dot to go, such as restrooms and outdoor areas. For more information, see Add Exclusion Zones to Improve Wayfinding.

  7. Click Save.