All of us are familiar with the search feature of the online map, such as Google Maps. Finding a site in UCSF is just a click away from our fingers (or just search out loud over your mobile phone). However we are most often stopped at the front door of the building. If we need to find a place, say a conference room in a building (even worse if you are looking for a printer), we are back to our old technology – either looking for a directory or asking people.
In 2011 Google I/O conference, a session (Mapping your Business Inside and Out) was presented with approaches to mapping all of the business locations, not just on the outside. Using these techniques, we may overlay the indoor floor plan on Google map presenting different floor plan on each floor. People may drill from the top of the building in the map to the inside floor plan and easily associate any location inside to the building outside. Additionally, the benefit of the indoor map is not limited to identify a location. We may build a geo-location data store for the University’s properties, such as medical devices, library books, printers etc. Once the property has been in place, a user may create the geo-location for the property and other people may effortlessly identify their location in Google map.
Web application provides:
- Navigation from Google map to UCSF premises (A couple floors in one of 24 UCSF sites in San Francisco will be selected based on the availability and accuracy of the indoor plan)
- Floor plan for each floor
- Create a proof of concept geo location store of the UCSF properties
- Search capability to identify the location of the property
Due to resource and time constraint, indoor street view is not in the scope of this proposal.
Impact on UCSF's mission and/or community
Goal is to provide indoor map to public for public accessible buildings and restricted access for private premises. Patients, visitors, neighbors would be able to find stores, restrooms, patient rooms etc. in UCSF public buildings.
- Locations are easily searchable by keywords and destination
- Reduce time to look for a destination or equipment – customer satisfaction
- Improve UCSF image
- Provides a foundation for future applications requiring indoor locations, such as indoor navigation
List of team members and their roles
- To be recruited: Responsible for co-ordination, communication, outreach, security policy, privacy documentation
- To be recruited: Responsible for web design and implementation
- To be recruited: Responsible for building and converting floor plan, overlaying on Google map, building tiles
- Freddie Tai: Responsible for design, integration and implementation
Estimated time devoted by each team member
- Person 1: 60 hrs
- Person 2: 80 hrs
- Person 3: 80 hrs
- Freddie Tai: 80 hrs
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