UX+Dev Summit: Developing An In-Door Map For Movie Theatres



UX+Dev Summit: Developing An In-Door Map

In this series, let’s talk about developing An In-Door Map and about the end-to-end map experience and how we can create an immersive one.  In-door mapping technologies give us a way to navigate throughout complex locations. You can think about shopping plaza’s, malls and of course, theatres. As a business owner, you could provide a complete experience to your customers by allowing them to purchase tickets and also find the exact location of their theatres. In addition to proximate marketing with concession stand up-sells or promotions and offers, you could also give them the opportunity of locating things like restrooms and concession stands. Another cool application of this could be to introduce VR and literally have a guide to navigate you in such a direction to your theatre.

What’s WRLD;?

WLRD; is a platform that not only was developed with traditional 3D navigation systems but also provides the capability of rending 2D indoor floor plans which can be used publicly and privately. Building customized maps based on geospatial intelligence. It even provides real-time, relevant data, such as occupancy and energy use, through an intuitive 3d Spatial interface for a unified view of smart cities, campuses, commercial properties, shopping malls, airports and much more.

Getting Started:

Get NodeJS

Node.js is a JavaScript runtime environment that achieves low latency and high throughput by taking a “non-blocking” approach to serving requests. Stated differently, Node.js wastes no time or resources when dealing with I/O requests to return. NodeJS is a JavaScript runtime that allows JavaScript to run on the server side. NodeJS utilizes the NPM package, which is the node package manager, that performs the heavy lifting of javascript runtime capabilities as well as locating libraries and dealing with dependency management. In addition to a powerful runtime, NodeJS provides the ability to run and launch apps on its native web-server. It even allows additional servers to run on top of it too which you may commonly hear about like Express or Simple-HTTP, these tend to be abstraction layers written on top of NodeJS which makes it even easier to develop on.


So, before we get started in developing our custom app, you need to download and install NodeJS. If you’ve already got it installed, just make sure that your version is recent and decent.  You can download the latest version of NodeJS here.


Before you get started, you’ll need to create a free account on WRLD. Once you’ve logged in and verified your email address, you’ll need to acquire an API key. You can check out the site for exactly how to do that but basically, once you’ve got your API key, we can switch gears and start focusing on developing our indoor map.





In this article, we discussed that it is now possible to extend the navigation experience and bring it home with end-to-end indoor capabilities. Mapping can now be applied to any major area such as airports, shopping malls, museums, smart cities and pretty much anything that you can geocode. For this series, we talked about the things we’re going to need to develop the application. Remember, you’ll need to create a WRLD; account and also install Node.js. We also briefly mentioned the capabilities of Node.js and how we can use it in this custom apps development.

In our next article, we’ll start developing our custom application and jump straight into UX+Dev Summit: Developing An In-Door Map.

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