Get Started with Blue Dot Wayfinding
This article covers the broad steps you'll need to complete before using blue dot wayfinding in your Meridian-powered app.
Blue Dot Wayfinding Prerequisites
- A Meridian Blue Dot Wayfinding subscription. (Go here to read more about Blue Dot wayfinding.)
- A Meridian floor with a map. (Go here to read more about Meridian maps.)
- A Meridian Editor account. (Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're having trouble accessing the Meridian Editor.)
- The Aruba Beacons app for deploying Aruba Beacons hardware. (Go here to download the iOS-only Aruba Beacons app.)
- Aruba Beacons hardware. (Go here to read more about Aruba Beacons hardware.)
- Aruba controller and access point (AP) hardware. Recommended. (Go here to read more about Aruba networking hardware.)
If you're lacking one of the prerequisites, please contact Meridian for help.
1. Review Your Map in the Meridian Editor
Once the Meridian maps team has created one or more of the maps for your location, make sure to review it in the Editor and set the map's control points to ensure accurate routing.
2. Locate Points of Interest (Placemarks) in Your Mapped Location
Your placemarks (or points of interest) will be the places most relevant to the people using your space. In some cases, these placemarks may be obvious, such as restrooms and elevators. In other cases, it may be less obvious, such as a place where people tend to gather.
You can always add, edit, or remove placemarks from your floors.
- Read the Placemarks Overview.
3. Add Placemarks in the Editor
Once you've identified placemarks in your location, use the Meridian Editor to add them to your floors.
4. Walk Between Placemarks to Develop Routes
Meridian recommends walking between placemarks on your floor to get a better sense of the common routes between them, especially if you're working with a complicated layout.
You may not need to do this if the map routes are self-evident.
5. Draw Routes on the Map
Once you've started to identify common routes throughout your space, use the Meridian Editor to draw routes on your floor.
6. Locate Access Point Beacons (APBs)
If you're using Aruba Access Points with built-in Beacons (APBs) and controllers, those APBs can be automatically deployed. Once that's done, you'll want to use the Aruba Beacons app to locate them. Once you know where the APBs are, you'll know where you'll need to supplement them with battery-powered Beacons.
- Read about Configuring Access Point Beacons Remotely. (You can also deploy APBs using the Aruba Beacons app.)
7. Deploy Battery-powered Beacons
Use the Aruba Beacons app to deploy Aruba Beacons to your location.
- Read about how to Get Started with the Aruba Beacons App.
- Read about how to Deploy a Location Beacon.
- Watch a video on Placing Beacons.
8. Walkthrough the Route with the Beacons App
Once you've deployed Beacons to your location, you can use the Aruba Beacons app to finetune the effectiveness of your Location Beacons.
- Read about how to use the Beacons App Walkthrough Modes.