CPCC installs digital interactive outdoor kiosks on Central Campus

last modified Aug 11, 2014 08:24 AM

Just in time for the upcoming fall semester, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) has installed two highly interactive digital display outdoor kiosks on its Central Campus. New and returning students and visitors now will have an easier time finding their way across the large campus.

The college has placed kiosks in two locations on the Central Campus – in front of Student Parking Deck 1, on Elizabeth Ave., and on the main quad, near the Giles Building and Hagemeyer Learning Resources Center.

Each kiosk displays a digital version of the Central Campus map. Users who touch a building or parking area on the kiosk’s map will generate a walking path to the location. That path can be scanned easily to the user’s mobile device using a QR code reader, providing a personal map in the palm of his/her hand.

“In addition to providing way-finding directions, the kiosks will provide building information,” said Kris Motto, supervisor of the college’s Digital Media Services. “When a user touches a particular building, the screen will provide a list of the amenities and/or programs housed within that building, giving our students and guests a more complete overview of each campus location.”

Going forward, CPCC’s new kiosks will expand to offer other services and support. Since they operate on a digital platform, making map updates as the campus grows or adding other college content will be easier, allowing the college to share information with its many audiences more quickly and efficiently.

The kiosks also feature a weather button to provide users with a local, seven-day forecast; a CPCC Today button to connect visitors to the college’s latest news via the student e-newsletter; and a day/time button to help users view the college’s academic calendar for important campus happenings and events. Emergency information also can be displayed quickly on the kiosks.

According to CPCC Digital Media Services, the two kiosks will serve as a beta test. In the months ahead, the college will monitor their use and performance in an all-weather environment before purchasing additional units for the Central Campus – the largest and most complex of CPCC’s six campus locations.

CPCC’s fall semester classes start Monday, August 18.