As observed, the sign boards used for navigating inside the campus are very boring and confusing. When a fresher enters the campus, it becomes very difficult for him to find hostels and other prominent places, even after the presence of sign boards and campus map. Since this is a major concern, we have explored various problems and ways of improving the signage system of the campus.
There are various sign boards present at turnings and a campus map at the subansiri bus stop. Even though, people find it difficult to locate them and they have no clue when they would find the next sign. Also, the campus map provided does not provide them with a clear view of all prominent places and directions. A mere 2D structure is the root cause for this.
Problems associated with current system :
Perception :User’s perception towards a sign differs from its actual meaning. For eg, the sign for upwards and go straight is the same.
Location: the location of these signboards are not proper. They should be placed at all turnings and at prominent locations.
2D Confusion : A lot of confusion is created due to the 2D structure. Users are unable to relate the directions with the real world.
Night Vision: These sign boards are not visible in the night time. A florescent lighting around them could help.
Direction sense: Showing directions using North-South mapping are difficult to understand. It is because the user does not know in which direction he is standing and how he should refer the map.
Aesthetics : They are aesthetically unappealing. The sign boards have plain text with arrows.
Distance of destinations : It is very difficult for user to calculate the distance between two sign boards and between the sign board and the destination.
Language: People who do not understand the language of the sign boards find it difficult to interpret.
We are towards building a solution that relates the current mapping system to the signage system. For eg, a user looking at the map should be able to perceive the information of where he is and in a 3D view, understand the route to his destination. This would clear a large number of confusions which are primarily due to the 2D structure of the system. We would also want to include route management in our solution – differentiating between 2-wheeler roads, pedestrian walking roads, heavy vehicle roads, etc. Color based mapping system can be introduced in order to depict various prominent locations.
– Akriti, Krishanpal, Vinay, Vaibhav, Charu