Indoor Positioning Systems Trends in 2019 and Beyond  [Navigation & Location Tracking Technologies]

Indoor Positioning Systems Trends in 2019 and Beyond [Navigation & Location Tracking Technologies]

The emergence and growth of Indoor Positioning Systems (IPS) owes a great deal to the evolution of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Beacons, Radio-frequency Identification (RFID), Ultra wide-band (UWB), and to some extent magnetic positioning.

In this post we explore the trends in technology, applicability, and consumption, that will shape the indoor positioning industry, including navigation and location tracking technologies, in 2019 and beyond.

Indoor Positioning Systems Trends

Also read our blog Indoor Positioning Systems in 2019 and Beyond: Applicability and Consumption

Indoor Positioning Systems in 2019 – Technological Developments

Informally referred to as ‘indoor gps’, IPS is a tech platform which uses multiple technologies based on either radio frequencies, extended to ultra wide-band (UWB), magnetic waves, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi signals among others. As Global Positioning System (GPS) and satellite-based communication work efficiently outdoors only for positioning, navigation and tracking, a tech platform for these purposes helps users identify, locate and track assets within a large facility such as a healthcare center, a museum, an office space, a shopping mall or a theme park.

Navigation Tech

We have become quite familiar with GPS navigation on our Smartphones as we use it regularly to locate and navigate to points of interest in a new town or city. As maps get more elaborative by providing local information and services apart from navigational directions, navigation platforms within large facilities has also evolved.

Indoor positioning technology

– We are moving from viewing 2D navigation map to 3D user-interfaces. This trend is sure to stay beyond 2019 ad 3D gives a more accurate picture of the facility. Imagine viewing the layout of an aquarium in 3D and then navigating precisely to the marine life you want to explore? A  simulated experience of the facility will add immensely to the overall experience of the visitor.

– Location bookmarking for frequently used routes is set to gain popularity among users as most frequented routes can be highlighted for smoother navigation and access to points of interest.

– Voice commands will be a major trend going forward as users prefer a hands-free engagement with the Smartphone while navigating. Use of voice commands to the mobile device is safer as well!

Indoor Location Tracking Technology

Location Tracking Tech

In huge indoor facilities such as resorts and theme parks, keeping track of movable and immovable assets needs real-time tracking updates. Using Wi-Fi, UWB, RFID or Beacons facility heads can locate and track itemized assets, aiding in optimal facility management.

Also read our blog Is An Indoor Location Tracking System Similar To Indoor GPS?

Application Interface and Usability

Graphics and user interface development software have been evolving phenomenally and thanks to this trend, we use both mobile and web applications which are highly intuitive and breezy to use.

The first half of 2019 and beyond will surely witness the rise of high quality layouts, color schemes, animations, etc. for indoor positioning, navigation and location tracking technologies.

About Pigeon

Pigeon is a positioning and navigation solution built for the enterprise.

Based on Geolocation tech, Pigeon aids in indoor positioning, indoor navigation, asset tracking, indoor location tracking and event management among others.

Pigeon’s real-time location tracking technology enables location based services for shopping malls, healthcare facilities, corporate campuses, and museums to name a few.

Indoor Positioning & Wayfinding Solutions For Campus Navigation: An Overview [Indoor Maps & Facility Navigation]

Indoor Positioning & Wayfinding Solutions For Campus Navigation: An Overview [Indoor Maps & Facility Navigation]

This post was last updated on Apr 1, 2019 
Educational campuses spread over a large area inevitably need indoor positioning & wayfinding solutions for campus navigation. With real-time information made available on users’ smart devices, locating points of interest becomes effortless.

In addition to navigation and wayfinding, the ‘campus navigation’ platform can be customized to aid in event management, course scheduler, notifications & alerts among others.

Indoor Wayfinding for Campus

Facility Navigation

Educational facilities such as public and private universities need to expand their scale and scope of using technology in order to make their facility a ‘smart’ one.

This requires making innovative additions to access the campus infrastructure.

A survey reveals that campus navigation has already been used in few campuses for helping people with visual disability navigate effortlessly within their venue.

Campus Navigation App

Universities are large campuses which have complex infrastructure located at various points across the facility. This poses a problem to new students and visitors who wish to access their points of interest without depending on others.

With different academic and official buildings, underground walkways, hostels, cafeteria, labs, libraries, etc., it gets tougher each season to navigate from one point to the other. For existing students, checking out facilities within the campus which they haven’t visited before becomes cumbersome as well.

Wayfinding Updates and Notifications

  • Real-time wayfinding at their fingertips
  • An instant route guide for bookmarking their location
  • Notifications on safety and security during facility navigation

Another recent survey predicts that there is a higher possibility for students to cut down on a lot of time that is being spent on locating intended destinations.

Additional Benefits with Campus Navigation Apps

  • Event Planning and Execution
  • Location-based Notifications
  • Emergency Management
  • Access to Campus Calendar
  • Information on Inter-disciplinary Updates
  • Seminar/Conference Schedule & Registrations

When indoor positioning and navigation technology can be integrated with these features into one platform, then it can turn into the ideal platform for universities and educational campuses, aiding them inefficient facility management.

Accurate and real-time campus navigation lends a positive vibe to the way students experience the facility while enabling the administration in optimal facility management.

Primarily, Students Can Proactively Participate In All Campus Events and Conferences

Wayfinding Solutions For Campus Navigation

Being in an era where using GPS technologies to reach the desired location when we navigate outdoors, an indoor positioning and navigation platform helps us do this precisely when we intend to reach the desired location inside a large facility – an educational campus can be considered a semi-indoor facility.

In the age of widespread use of Smartphone applications and software aimed at solving complex human problems, why not integrate facility management with apps which help them save time by providing accurate navigation routes and wayfinding solutions?

In USA, the Oregon State University Mobile App built by the Oregon University has been serving the students in a phenomenal manner, providing them with instant updates on the events, programs, seminars within the campus and allowing them to participate without the use of paperwork.

A enriching university life is all that is intended and technology can positively chip-in with its contribution for every student at their respective university. A campus navigation app which can be used on Smartphones using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth technologies and enabled using QR codes & Beacons located strategically across the campus infrastructure can make students’ access various facilities much easier while enabling the administration keep a check on facility usage.

About Pigeon

Pigeon is a positioning and navigation solution built for the enterprise.

Based on Geolocation tech, Pigeon aids in indoor positioning, indoor navigation, asset tracking, indoor location tracking and event management among others.

Pigeon’s real-time location tracking technology enables location based services for shopping malls, healthcare facilities, corporate campuses, and museums to name a few.

How Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Enable Functioning of Indoor Positioning Systems (IPS)

How Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Enable Functioning of Indoor Positioning Systems (IPS)

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies in large facilities can be availed to enable indoor positioning systems for better asset management and indoor location tracking. Here is a brief exposition of how the technology works using various wireless systems.

At the outset, let’s understand that indoor positioning technology is an umbrella term with many connotations, yet referring primarily to indoor positioning and indoor navigation. Based on a facility’s requirements, the adoption of different types/mediums such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are used in order to serve several purposes, with positioning and navigation being predominant.

Also, read our blog All You Need to Know About Indoor Positioning and Navigation Systems

How Does an IPS Work?

In this hi-tech era, we hardly hear people getting lost in a new city or navigating to new places in their place of domicile as Smartphone’s with internet and GPS enabled in them make locating points of interest an effortless, and sometimes an enjoyable task.

However, how do we navigate when we are indoors in a large facility such as a shopping mall, a healthcare center, an educational institution, or a place like an amusement park?

Much like how GPS helps us navigate outdoors,  enabling IPS with the help of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Sensors can aid visitors in wayfinding and reaching their desired spaces with ease inside a facility.

IPS works through several categories such as:

Proximity Positioning- With the help of a receiver or a device, the proximity of the locations are detected and delivered as output. These proximity-based systems have the ability to detect the general location of a person, object or service rooms within the facility based on several technological platforms such as:

Indoor Positioning System

  • QR Codes / NFC tags
  • Bluetooth
  • Visible Light Communication (VLC) devices
  • Wi-Fi Access Points
  • Ultrasound devices

Fingerprint Positioning- This system is built through signal measurements across the facility to compute the position of the visitor. However, it is hypothetical because every position within any facility is almost unique and incomparable to the other.

This system is most commonly used to improve the accuracy of other positioning technology within the facility and moreover, combining multiple sources can increase the accuracy of the technology which can eventually lead to productivity. Similar to the above system, fingerprinting also uses similar technological platforms such as:

  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi
  • Magnetic field

Apart from Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, there are other platforms as well which chip-in based on the implementation costs and the precision in locating the visitor intended destination within the facility.

The chart below will give you a deeper understanding of indoor tracking.

Indoor Tracking

Just like the way GPS functions outdoors, it is IPS that does it indoors. Often placed in large facilities like shopping malls, zoos, convention centers, resorts, etc. IPS aids visitors on a real-time basis displaying pathways and shortest routes while ensuring management of these facilities obtain necessary data to make more informed business decisions.

IPS is in itself a technology which is blended with a combination of other technologies to provide the best possible precision and accuracy for visitors at large facilities.

Fingerprinting and proximity positioning can together increase the rate of accuracy as high accuracy is the need of the hour in indoor tracking services.

Not all facilities require precision and accuracy but facilities that have large tracts of the area and huge infrastructures need to deploy IPS to serve the twin purposes of indoor positioning and indoor navigation within the facility.

 

About Pigeon

Pigeon is a positioning and navigation solution built for the enterprise.

Based on Geolocation tech, Pigeon aids in indoor positioning, indoor navigation, asset tracking, indoor location tracking and event management among others.

Pigeon’s real-time location tracking technology enables location based services for shopping malls, healthcare facilities, corporate campuses, and museums to name a few.

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