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Singapore’s NYP uses location-based analytics to ease campus navigation

Nurdianah Md Nur | Sept. 21, 2017
The Nanyang Polytechnic Campus Navigation System will be fully deployed in the coming months.

Singapore's Nanyang Polytechnic. Credit: NYP
Credit: Nanyang Polytechnic Facebook

Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) -- an institution of higher learning in Singapore -- will be fully rolling out the Nanyang Polytechnic Campus Navigation System in the coming months to make it easier for students and visitors to navigate their way around the campus.

Developed by NYP's School of Engineering students with funding from the Singapore Land Authority, the system leverages Esri's location-based analytics to provide a detailed map of the campus.

Besides pinpointing to users the exact locations of facilities in the school, the Nanyang Polytechnic Campus Navigation System can also guide users to their desired destinations using the most efficient routes utilising lifts, escalators and stairways, unlike other mapping platforms.

Screen capture of Route Finder. Credit: NYP
Screen capture of Route Finder. Credit: NYP

 "Nanyang Polytechnic welcomes more than 4,000 new students and visitors annually. With seven different schools and over 30 corporate departments, it can be challenging for people unfamiliar with the campus to find their way around. For our School of Engineering students, the process of development has enabled them to experience, first-hand, the application of technology as a solution to everyday problems," said Dr. Kong Wai Ming, Deputy Manager at the School of Engineering, Nanyang Polytechnic, who led this initiative.

The navigation system will be available through an intranet web application for staff and students. For visitors, they will need to scan the QR code while being logged onto the campus Wi-Fi system to use the service.

According to Dr Kong, the database from the system can be used for future on-campus location analytics projects. For example, NYP is currently developing an integrated campus navigation system catered to the visually impaired. The system will provide an audio description of the prescribed path when guiding users to their desired destination.

Dr Kong added that that the use of location-based technology in navigation systems can be applied to areas with high volume of visitors even outside NYP such as hospitals.


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