Add a Portal to a Route

This article describes how to create a portal and then add it to a route.

Create a Portal

Before you can add a portal to a node, you'll need to create a portal. Complete these steps to create a new portal.

  1. In the Meridian Editor sidebar, click Maps. Under the Maps header, click Portals.

  2. Click the Add Portal + button.

  3. On the New Portal screen, click the TYPE dropdown menu, and then click the portal type. Your options are Portal, Elevator, and Escalator.

  4. In the NAME field, enter a name for the portal. Each portal in your location must have a unique location. You can give your portals any names that you like, but the best practice is to give them names that are meaningful in some way. For example, if you had three elevators, you could name them EL-1, EL-2, and EL-3.

  5. In the FIXED SECONDS field, enter the time in seconds it will take the portal to become available to your visitor. For example, escalators and stairs are available immediately, while elevators are usually available after a short wait.

  6. In the PER FLOOR SECONDS field, enter the time in seconds it will take to use the portal. For example, stairs usually take more time than elevators or escalators.

  7. If the portal is accessible, click the ACCESSIBLE checkbox to add a check. If the portal is not accessible, leave it unchecked.

    It's not necessary for the Fixed Seconds and Per Floor Seconds fields to be perfectly accurate. Meridian-powered apps use this information to help calculate the fastest route from one placemark to another.

  8. Click Save.

Add a Portal to a Node

Once you’ve created a portal, you'll add the portal to a node on the map that's closest to the portal location. If there isn't a node there, you'll need to add a node for the portal location. Make sure that the portal node is connected to the rest of the routing graph. You should have an ending node for each portal on your map.

Complete these steps to add a portal to a specific node on your map.

  1. In the Meridian Editor sidebar, click Maps. Find the map level you'd like to add the portal to, and then click the Routing button to the right of that map level. The routing button looks like a curved arrow.

  2. On the map, press and hold the SHIFT key, and then click the map to add a node on the map where the portal is located. If you already have a node there, skip this step.

  3. Make sure the node is connected by a segment to other nodes on the map. If not, click the node to select it. Press and hold the SHIFT key, and then click a nearby node to add a segment. TIP: You may need to add multiple nodes to create a legal pathway to the portal node.

  4. Click the portal node to select it, and then click it again to open the portal dialog box.

  5. In the portal dialog box, click Is Exit to add a checkmark.

  6. Click the No Portal dropdown menu, and then click the portal name for this node.

  7. For best results, leave the Portal Label and Directions to this exit fields blank.

    These fields are related to legacy routing system no longer in use.

  8. Click the map to close the portal dialog box.

    Make sure that you add connecting portal nodes to every other level or segment of the map. The portal name is what connects the nodes to each other.

    You can create a one-way portal by checking the Is Exit checkbox for a portal on one map, but not on other maps where you've added the portal. The Meridian-powered app will only generate routes through the portal with Is Exit checked.

  9. Click Save.

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