A couple of years ago we introduced the application called KTH Places. The purpose was to help people to navigate to the facility they were looking for on our scattered campuses. Today we are happy to announce that we have released a brand new version with a lot of new features.
New features in “KTH Places 2.0”
New data source: To begin with, the new version of KTH Places is based on the original data source with all KTH facilities which give us the full potential of guiding our users to the right place when needed. It contains all the lecture halls, meeting rooms and offices of all our campuses from Kista in the north to Södertälje in the south. The old version had 300 facilities but the new has about 3000. The data source is maintained and updated by MBA (The central Environment group) at KTH.
Floor plans: Every facility has a detailed view to help the user understand how to get to the facility. A Google map help the user to navigate to the correct address and building but that is often not enough, a building can be pretty big and difficult to navigate in.
We are now able to plot an exact blue print of the floor plan which is a detailed map of all the rooms on the same floor as the current room the user is looking for. We also highlight the room with a green color so it’s easy to find.
Images: In cases where the room has pictures of the interior we include those in the detailed view. Lecture halls are among the rooms where these pictures are often available. These pictures are not loaded until the visitor clicks on the panel which is specially good for mobile visitors.
Disabled entrance information: If the room has an entrance for disabled persons it is shown in the top of the facility view. This entrance can have a different address than the room for example.
Equipment: All the technical equipment in the room is listed, like projectors, microphones, document cameras etc. This gives for example a teacher, a good hint if the room is suitable for a lecture.
Feedback function: The new feedback function is directly connected to people responsible for the information regarding the facilities and equipment. If the visitor find an error or that something is missing, he or she can inform the responsible people and they can fix the error.
Misc: More information about the room is added if applicable, like number of seats and seats during examination.
Integration with other applications
The next step is to integrate the facility information where it’s applicable and relevant. Some examples of integrations could be:
- Show where a person works on the personal profile pages.
- Contact pages for KTH organisations etc.
- Link to the specific schema for the room.
- Show how many available computers there are in a computer room.
The integrations are made possible due to the fact that we now build all our new applications in an “api first” manner so we make sure that we can exchange data between our systems.