Giulio Coppola (BSc Theoretical Physics), Guglielmo Reggio (MSci Theoretical Physics) and Dominic Rodriguez (MSci Physics) have launched Mappin Technologies, a navigational mobile application for indoor facilities. The pilot of the app focuses on Guy’s Campus near London Bridge.
Intended to serve as ‘the Google Maps for the indoors of King’s’, the app provides the user with door-to-door routing through King’s buildings. The Mappin initiative was supported by teams within the university including the King’s Entrepreneurship Institute and Estates & Facilities team, who provided Giulio, Guglielmo and Dominic with office space, technical support and promotion of the app.
Response to Mappin have been positive with over 400 downloads, consistent 5-star ratings and a peak ranking of 65th place among App Store navigation apps within its first month of launch, which coincided with the university’s Welcome Week.
On the launch of the app, the team commented:
“After two years of hard work, brilliant ideas, harsh rejections, thousands of lines of code, meetings and emails, we made it. What was once an abstract idea born out of a personal necessity is now an application everybody can use. We keep our feet to the ground, but we like to dream big. Step by step, we plan on revolutionizing the way people interact with buildings and indoor venues by creating a smart building digital ecosystem.”–
It is hoped that other campuses within King’s will be hosted on the app, and the team is working to develop further features that will support the student experience on campus through study room booking, library seat availability, and custom routing in accordance to timetables. Looking ahead, the Mappin team is also seeking to engage in partnerships with other universities and indoor venues, in providing software to facilitate digital interaction with buildings.