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System and Method of Navigating in a Campus Environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131887D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 25K

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Abstract

In a large entity, be that an office complex, factory, amusement park, or any other large single or multi building entity it is often difficult to find specific locations or people. Often maps of fluid points (such as a person's cubicle) are out of date, and in many cases such maps may not exist at all. This can make it difficult to travel to the expected location. It can also be difficult to reference such a map if a person has already travelled to the expected location, found it to be incorrect and does not have access to the reference map. Campus Navigator solves the issues by providing an updated intelligent interactive map that is aware of the user’s location. Through the use of a GPS-enabled handheld device, Campus Navigator is able to determine the location of a person and present their current location on an interactive map displayed on the handheld device. This allows a person to determine their current location and surroundings. Points of interest (such as a meeting room) can be looked up using Campus Navigator and displayed on the interactive map. Using the "take me there" feature of Campus Navigator, a person is led to their desired location by following the arrows presented by Campus Navigator on their handheld device Campus Navigator can also be used by multiple parties to guide them to one another, such as two employees meeting for a discussion or a parent being led to their lost child in an amusement park. Using the "I'm over here" feature of Campus Navigator one person (Person A) is able to make their current location known to another (Person B). Person B is then able to be lead to the location of Person A by following the arrows present by the Campus navigator on their handheld device or by using the interactive map and travelling to the marked area on the map that specifies Person A's present location.

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CAMPUS NAVIGATOR

System and Method of Navigating in a Campus Environment

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In a large entity, be that an office complex, factory, amusement park, or any other large single or multi building entity it is often difficult to find specific locations or people.  Often maps of fluid points (such as a person's cubicle) are out of date, and in many cases such maps may not exist at all.  This can make it difficult to travel to the expected location.  It can also be difficult to reference such a map if a person has already travelled to the expected location, found it to be incorrect and does not have access to the reference map.

Campus Navigator solves the issues by providing an updated intelligent interactive map that is aware of the user’s location.

Through the use of a GPS-enabled handheld device, Campus Navigator is able to determine the location of a person and present their current location on an interactive map displayed on the handheld device.  This allows a person to determine their current location and surroundings. Points of interest (such as a meeting room) can be looked up using Campus Navigator and displayed on the interactive map.  Using the "take me there" feature of Campus Navigator, a person is led to their desired location by following the arrows presented by Campus Navigator on their handheld device

Campus Navigator can also be used by multiple parties to guide them to one another, such as two employees meeting for a discussion or a paren...