New app helps Humber students find their way around campus

by | Oct 1, 2019 | Biz/Tech, Campus News

Nicholas Rahmon, Biz/Tech reporter

When Media studies student William Sampson first set foot at the Humber north campus, he had a hard time knowing where he was going or how to get there. 

“I don’t go to Humber and getting around it to the bookstore, food emporium or even the gym is a challenge,” said Sampson, who studies at the University of Guelph-Humber.

Campus Compass, released in August, was made for locating friends, reviewing transit schedules and navigating through the crowded hallways of Humber and Guelph-Humber to find where to grab a bite or find a class.

Humber Campus Compass is a wayfinding app developed to help students and guests find services, faculties, departments, spaces and amenities.

Sampson said the app has been very helpful for him.

Zachary Mladenovic, a University of Guelph-Humber Business Administration student, also found the app useful.

“When I downloaded the app, it gave me a step-by-step guide on how to arrive and I couldn’t ask for more,” he said.

Humber’s Applied Technology students worked with Aruba Technologies to develop the app that encompasses the environment and uses step-by-step methods to direct people to their exact destination.

It’s something Omar Davis, supervisor of Client Services Information Technology Services at Humber, is happy to see in action.

“A pilot began in September 2017 and developed itself within the rest of the year, taking note of factors which impact your journey from one class to another,” Davis said. 

He said he believes the app not only helps first-year students finding their way through the campus, but professors, guest speakers, and visitors with the end-result of guiding users to the most successful route.

Davis said Aruba and applied technology students started with architectural diagrams of Humber North and Guelph-Humber and continued from there, building up a large database that includes every accessible area of Humber.

“Aruba is a manufacturer which makes wireless technology,” he said. “At one point, there was a bid for the best wireless technology for Humber College…with Aruba owning this innovative integration,” he said. 

Lakeshore campus is expected to be included in the app by fall 2020, Davis said.