Creating Meridian Maps
Before you can use Meridian's location services, you'll need at least one map for your location in the Meridian Editor. To do this, send us a map image file for each map you want in your Meridian-powered app. The Meridian Maps team will convert your map file into a format that works well in both the Meridian Editor and your Meridian-powered app.
Please send your map as a high resolution PNG, PDF, or JPEG image file to email@example.com.
Only one map is granted for each Proof of Concept (POC) or Not for Resale (NFR) kit.
Mapping Best Practices
Our Maps team is experienced at converting many different types of maps files into aesthetically pleasing and useful maps for the Meridian-powered apps.
Our Maps team has identified three best practices that will expedite your map conversion and import process.
The Map Preserves Detail when Zoomed In
Meridian-powered apps show maps at different zoom levels. Before you send in your map file, make sure that your map lines look good at different zoom levels.
To do this, open the map file you're planning on sending and zoom in on the map image until a single room fills the map. If the lines are still crisp, then your map will look good at all zoom levels in your Meridian-powered app.
If your map lines look fuzzy or pixelated when you've zoomed in to a single room, you'll need a higher resolution map image file.
If you need help with this, please contact us for assistance.
Interior Decoration Details are Removed
Many maps include extra information, such as furniture and other interior decoration details. This extra information isn't necessary and, in some cases, can slow down the map conversion and import process.
For best results, please submit a map of your floor plan with the extra interior detail removed or grayed out.
Visitor Inaccessible Areas are Clearly Marked
Your Meridian-powered app is intended for visitors to your location. In some cases, you may want to consider removing inaccessible areas from your map before submitting it.
Visitor inaccessible areas won't appear in your Meridian-powered app at all.
Examples of Clean Maps
These are examples of clean maps that are easy to work with. There are clean, visible lines and very little extra detail.
Examples of Maps Needing Revision
Here are examples of maps that needed revision before our Maps team could prepare them for conversion and import.
Hard to Read Maps
This map is hard to read because there are extra vertical and horizontal lines. It also looks as though the image was created from a photocopy of a printed map.
This map is hard to read because there's simply too much detail. This would be a great map if the extra lines and text were removed.
This map is hard to read at higher zoom levels because the lines are too thick. Much of the internal room detail could also be removed.
Overly Detailed Maps
This is an example of an overly detailed map. The map is pretty, but this level of interior design detail wouldn't work well for a map in a Meridian-powered app.
Setting the Map Scale
Once the Meridian Maps team has finished customizing your map and uploaded it to the Meridian Editor, you'll need to set the map's scale so that your Meridian-powered app will be able to calculate distances when calculating turn-by-turn directions.
The Meridian Editor uses control points to calculate map size. By aligning a map's control points with the Google Maps satellite image of the same location, the Editor can calculate the sizing for the Meridian-powered app's location and wayfinding features.
If you don't set the control points, the map won't be to scale.
Set a Map's Control Points
Complete these steps to edit a map's control points to set the map's scale and offset.
- In the Meridian Editor sidebar, click Maps, and then click the pencil Edit button.
- In the Level Details box, click Edit Control Points.
- In the Enter a location field, enter your map's location address.
- Click the + button to zoom in until you can easily see the map's building.
- Click Place markers here, and then click and drag the + markers to the top left and bottom right corners of your building.
- In the map view, click and drag the + markers to match the placement in the satellite view.
- The Editor auto-saves any changes you make to a map's control points, but you can click the browser's back button, and then click Save to make sure.
There may be times when you want to include an outdoor map that uses GPS for location and wayfinding.
On the Edit Map screen in the Level Details box, check the USE GPS (INSTEAD OF BLUDOT) box. Your Meridian-powered app will use GPS when your visitors open this map.
Outdoor maps require a GPS accuracy of 5 meters or less. If the accuracy provided by the GPS satellites in your area is more than 5 meters, your Meridian-powered app won't show a blue dot.
It's not possible to improve the GPS coverage in your area, but you can use Aruba's outdoor mounting enclosures to deploy Beacons outside to provide location services.
NORTH OFFSET is a value used to handle variations between true north and magnetic north.
For example, if the main entrance to your map is located at the north of your location, you'd probably want to enter 180 in the MAP NORTH field to rotate the map 180 degrees. This would rotate the map so the main entrance appeared at the bottom of the map.