Ever tried to find an office and learned much too late that there was a much easier way to get there that would have saved tons of time? If you were visiting a recurring client, job site or supplier, or a common regional meeting place (such as the only Starbucks within a 40 mile radius) you could have received directions from a coworker via the intranet.
Services like Google Maps and Microsoft Bing Maps are indispensible, but sometimes the human touch is needed to make them exactly, vs. approximately, right. Both provide ways to integrate with address information contained in an intranet (or CRM accessed through an intranet portal)
In the workplaces where mass transit is common, such as Boston, New York and Washington DC, there are even more opportunities to light up the intranet board. Provide links to the transit schedule, identify nearby bus stops (with GPS links) and pass through alerts from the regional transit agencies that could affect inbound or outbound workers. Let folks know about possible tax benefits through transit programs (e.g., Transitchek) that could save them on money transit and/or parking.
Planning an event? Save planners some work by providing reusable directions and tips for local or frequently used venues, including links that work with calendars, email and reservation systems.
For travelers, you can include key information, such availability of wifi, closing times for rental car agencies and the nearest place to refill the tank when returning the vehicle. Company travel is a separate Intranet Use that we cover in another tip.
Forward-looking enterprises will recognize that smart cities will create addition opportunities for travel planning, such as integration with Streetline, SFpark or other means of locating, identifying or using urban resources.
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