Mapping technology

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Spreo’s digital mapping platform serves as the foundation on which Spreo provides its features and services including real time location services (RTLS). We create high resolution, user-friendly, geospatially accurate indoor and outdoor maps that overlay onto Google’s mapping technology to provide the best user experiences for a wide variety of use cases.

Processing your indoor & campus maps

Our team of experienced designers process your raw architectural indoor floor plans and outdoor campus elements to create maps that provide the best user experience for your use case. Our maps are designed to adhere to a client’s brand, highlight special rooms and areas, differentiate paths and walkways, mark off-limits areas, indicate important points of interest (POI), and more.


Map Data Layers

After the map of a venue has been processed, data layers are added to the facility and campus maps. Data layers give the map interactive functionality that our clients tailor to their specific use cases. These data layers include points of interest (POIs), assets, pathways, geofencing and polygonal zones/areas.

Points of interest (POIs)

A POI refers to any specific location, area, landmark, or item that a user may find useful. Example POIs include: elevators, restrooms, meeting room, fire extinguishers, entrances/exits, etc. POIs are marked on the map with a POI icon that is representative of that type of POI. When accessing Spreo’s platform, end-users can interact with any POI on the map, and view detailed information pertaining to the POI. POI’s are organized into categories for further organization. Example categories include: meeting rooms, food and dining, parking lots, etc.

Data that can associated with POIs (Fields) include:

  • Video and images
  • 3D interactive images
  • Detailed descriptions
  • Keywords
  • Availability and schedule (for reservable spaces)
  • Contact information

Additional data can be associated to POIs through integration with other systems.


Spreo provides the option to import information from third-party facility management systems to expedite the creation, data association and revision of POIs. If a campus/venue does not have a facility management system in place, Spreo streamlines the mapping process with bulk editing capabilities.

Pathways and routing

For some use cases, pathways are an important layer that adds the ability to create routes through areas of a facility/campus. Routing can be tailored for any venue in order to help users navigate.

The pathway editor within the Spreo content management system (CMS) allows Spreo personnel and client administrators to create and edit indoor and outdoor pathways and to indicate entrance/exit points and floor level switch points.

In use cases that utilize wayfinding and navigation, Spreo calculates and provides the shortest route from starting point to destination. In complex facilities and campuses, the number of possible paths to a user’s destination grows exponentially with every floor in each building. When the number of permutations is so high, it is impossible for a computer to quickly analyze every path. Spreo’s platform circumvents the need to sift through every possible path by employing a graph-algorithm that finds the shortest routes by means of geometric deduction.

Polygonal areas for geofencing and zone detection

Polygonal areas can be defined within Spreo’s CMS for applicable use cases. A polygonal area is an arrangement of points that form a shape that highlights a particular region on the map. A polygonal area can be added, deleted, or adjusted within Spreo’s content management system (CMS) using our advanced editor/tool.

Polygonal areas are used for:

  • Geofencing
  • Push notifications
    • enter/exit zones, dwell time in zone
  • Meeting room release/check-in
  • Disable/enable features in-app features
  • Color-coding maps for displaying availability of reservable spaces

Integration with Google Maps technology

Spreo’s indoor and campus maps are overlaid onto Google maps allowing our indoor experience to be interwoven with outdoor functionality. Clients have the ability to add data layers to outdoor spaces surrounding a campus enabling outdoor POI support, indoor to outdoor navigation (and vice versa), promotion of outdoor merchants/restaurants, outdoor geofencing and polygonal areas, and every other function that is included in Spreo’s mapping platform. Moreover, the overlay onto Google maps guarantees longitudinal/latitudinal exactitude as well as contextual awareness for end-users.