Camptocamp – References

EPFL Campus Discovery Service


École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Key elements

  • Mobile version of the existing orientation tool
  • Publication of the École Polytechnique’s plans
  • Search for people and places
  • Discovering Campus Points of Interest
  • Calculating Itineraries
  • Website :


Camptocamp participates in the EPFL project by providing expertise in architecture, mobile WebGIS development in order to ease travel within the Campus among 13 floors on 60 buildings and 6 500 offices.

Context and goals

As an extension of the cartographic portal, the mobile application increases the visibility and utility of the existing plan.

The EPFL plan is a tool that allows to precisely locate a person, a room or a service inside the Campus. It also makes it possible to calculate a route between two premises. A list of points of interest can also be displayed directly on the map as needed by the user.


All the auditoriums, classrooms, libraries, restaurants and employees’ rooms are accessible to people with reduced mobility. The mobile application makes it possible to find the shortest path , taking into account the constraints of people with reduced mobility.


The search box is a single field that allows you to enter either:un nom, un prénom ou un numéro d’identifiant interne pour retrouver une personne ;

  • The name of a premises or office;
  • The name of a service or a convenience (Library, Catering, WiFi, cafeteria, etc.).Achievement

The implementation of the WebGIS part was entrusted to Camptocamp in 2012 in order to accompany and realize the implementation of the mobile user interface of the orientation tool.

Today users benefit from a cartographic website specially adapted for on-site use via mobile media, and without any particular platform restriction. Operation in web mode, allows users of different mobile platforms to connect without prior installation.




  • Spatial SGBDR: PostGreSQL/PostGIS
  • WebGIS: MapFish, OpenLayers,
  • Javascript library: Jquery mobile
  • Cartographic engine: MapServer
  • Business data: EPFL
  • Cartographic repositories:EPFL plan and orthophotography, OpenStreetMap