Indoor Positioning Systems in 2019 and Beyond: Applicability and Consumption

Indoor Positioning Systems in 2019 and Beyond: Applicability and Consumption

While Indoor Positioning Systems (IPS) gain further ground amongst large facilities for optimal facility management, we present to you IPS trends from 2019 and beyond, and how they can impact visitors at healthcare centers, museums, shopping malls, educational centers; transportation spaces such as airports, railway stations, parking lots; recreational spaces such as resorts, theme parks, public parks, sports stadiums, etc.

In this post, we discuss the various aspects of how the Indoor Positioning System can be applicable to diverse industry segments while looking at consumption practices of users/visitors in a facility.

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Interoperability

IPS can be seamlessly integrated with existing technologies for enhanced user experience. For instance, it is possible to combine outdoor to indoor navigation with bookmarking while using this same tech platform as a collaboration tool as it can support messaging and notifications.

When used on a Smartphone, users can navigate to a particular store in the mall to avail an offer by following precise directions right from their home.

Cost of IPS Installation & Operation

When compared to the advantages of an IPS offer, the cost of installing the preferred platform is not much. However, the onus is on the facility to arrive at the right tech as the cost of hardware depends on the specifications of the facility.

However, in 2019 and beyond the cost of hardware as well as operating the IPS will get cheaper as more players emerge in this market.

Cross-Platform Availability

It is only a matter of time before IPS tech will be made available across media platforms such as Smartphones, tablets, kiosks, and digital screens.

This means that users can have continual access to a navigational path while locating a point of interest even if their primary device is occupied with other operations.

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Indoor Positioning Systems – Consumption Predictions

Let’s take a space like a Zoo for example – most visitors do not spend quality time at every enclosure as there are constraints of time and routing. When a solution such as a wayfinding tech can be accessed by visitors at the Zoo, it becomes effortless in planning their day better.

Sooner or later visitors at facilities such as museums, resorts & theme parks among others will have a better impression of the venue when navigation tech on their Smartphones can resolve pertinent issues related to indoor positioning and navigation.

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Marketing Gamification

A holistic tech platform can double-up as a bridge between facility owners and their customers during event planning, registration, and execution.

In addition to this, venues can themselves use push notifications for keeping their customers aware of the latest deals and offers.

Emergency Management

Large facilities need top-notch security and emergency management to ensure the in-hue populace is made aware of exit routes and safe paths whenever there is an emergency situation caused by natural or man-made reasons.

Relaying vital information during untoward situations to secure life and limb of people at a facility needs a holistic tech platform which can communicate effectively and quickly. Moving forward visitors themselves are going to visit the venue which has all loose ends tied up.

Workforce Productivity Enhancement

When office spaces adopt an indoor positioning system, it directly translates into better workforce productivity as activities such as collaboration through messaging & calling, hoteling & reservation, and event scheduling and management among others.

As data generated through the above-mentioned activities records time spent, locations visited, and assets accesses, workforce productivity can be optimally monitored.

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 Does Indoor Navigation Tech Help Large Event Management? [Indoor Mapping and Indoor Location Technology]

How Does Indoor Navigation Tech Help Large Event Management? [Indoor Mapping and Indoor Location Technology]

This post was last updated on Apr 1, 2019 

Indoor navigation technology when customized as an indoor navigation app is an extensive platform for large event management, making it a breezy task when faced with the challenge of successfully organizing global trade shows and international exhibitions.

This post explores how indoor mapping and indoor location technologies can enhance visitor experience through superior facility management.

The app could help with booking slots before the exhibition, double up as an event check-in app, in addition to aiding with navigation and wayfinding inside the venue during the show, notifying stakeholders of important developments during an expo, obtain real-time feedback during and after the exhibition, etc.

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Also, read our blog 5 Professional Ways for Large Facilities to Enhance Visitor Experience

For the event organizers/hosts of large-scale trade expos and conferences, visitor experience takes paramount importance as a happy visitor will definitely turn into a loyal customer/follower.

Enhancing visitor experience through simplified information on an indoor navigation app is much simpler now – hosts can look at studying the data generated and take strategic decisions based on user behavior and usage of the facility.

As apps are replacing traditional paper-drawn plans for managing events, international trade shows and expos are gearing up to absorb this new tech into their facility management.

Why You Need To Consider Indoor Navigation Tech For Your Event

Event planners of large events can use such apps to improve visitor experience by personalizing the event, resulting in efficient facility usage. This can be accomplished by setting up beacons, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) bracelets or wrist bands, etc.

1. Provides Valuable Information

These apps contribute relevant data about the floor plan, shortest paths to reach points of interest, safety alerts & tips, etc. in large events.

Information may include the precise location of a point of interest, what’s on offer at that point, wayfinding, and real-time notifications among others.

2.Reduces Wait Time

The app controls crowd flow at large events be reducing wait times. With the event check-in feature, the app allows visitors to check in through their smart devices, unlike earlier where they have to wait in long queues at a single window.

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3. Improves Revenue Generation

The app also serves as a promotional platform for event organizers where-in they can promote specific offers and deals from various participants of the trade show. Advertisements and promotional notifications can be sent based on visitors’ location during the event.

This feature is part of the Location Based Services (LBS).

4. Gamification and Play

Gamification and treasure hunts are a fun way to engage visitors during an expo which is spread over a large area.

Users can log-in to their smart devices through Wi-Fi at the facility, thereby enabling them to answer questions, look for clues, arrive at pre-determined destinations, and earn reward points during this activity.

5. Asset Tracking

An indoor navigation app helps in tracking assets, both movable or immovable. It can also help in tracking an individual’s location while navigating the facility during the course of the event.

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6. Enhances Visitor Experience

Visitors get to know each and every aspect of the event when they engage with the surroundings better, visiting every exhibit so that they derive the utmost benefit out of the time spent.

Using their Smartphones to navigate, visitors can bookmark their route by marking points of interest. Such apps work like a personalized event manager wherein users can interact effortlessly with the app for planning their time at the venue.

7. Real-time Feedback

Every large event planner wants to obtain real-time feedback from visitors through questionnaires or surveys. Indoor navigation system helps in improving services during the show and paves way for better facility utilization, space management, and workforce productivity.

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

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 Does An Indoor Navigation Technology Work in Locating Assets? [Asset Tracking & Indoor Space Management]

How Does An Indoor Navigation Technology Work in Locating Assets? [Asset Tracking & Indoor Space Management]

This post was last updated on Apr 11, 2019 
An indoor navigation system helps to locate assets such as an object, areas of interest, and people inside a facility by tapping indoor frequencies from radio waves, acoustic signals, magnetic fields, and other sensory information which can be transferred and collected easily using a Smartphone.

Referred to as an ‘Indoor GPS’, this system is a positioning and navigation technology which aids in tracking assets within a large facility. Apps like these come with various benefits like wayfinding, workforce collaboration, and asset tracking rolled into one single platform.

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

Indoor Navigation Technologies – For Indoor GPS Tracking

This system is made possible by technologies such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth technology, UWB (Ultra wide-band), etc. This helps users of a large facility navigate and wayfind effortlessly within the venue without having to depend on GPS, which doesn’t work accurately indoors.

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Wi-Fi Signals

Wi-Fi signals are used to find out the exact location and guide people to their desired location. This method is also used for ‘fingerprint’ access points to gauge signal strength and helps in detecting the wireless access point.

Light Patterns

The microchips in LEDs have been used for a light pulse to transmit the information by flicking rapidly and detect Smartphone signals to determine a precise location.

Magnetic Fields

Using magnetic fields for positioning and navigation helps to determine the accurate location. Likewise, upgrades also help by fingerprinting through the magnetic field to create a better result as well.

RFID Tags

RFID tags are used as a real-time locating system than as an indoor positioning system only. Any device which comes in range by, the RFID tag identifies them and locating them becomes easy.

Beacon / iBeacon

This system if blended with beacon technology results in identifying the exact location of a person or an asset within the facility. Beacon technology is possible through Bluetooth low energy technology, for transmitting signals and identifying the information as well. A Smartphone can detect signals and helps in tracking the assets around.

Apple’s beacons are called iBeacon technology. Such beacons are used as part of an indoor navigation system due to the new audio feature.

Also, read our blog Beacon Wayfinding For Indoor Location Tracking

3D Indoor Maps

3D indoor maps are gaining acceptance in facilities such as health care centers, warehouses, and spaces spread over large areas and have multiple assets/people to track and render images of. A recent study explains how 3D indoor maps can be developed using Microsoft Kinect V2.0.

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Also, read our blog What Are Indoor Maps? How Can They Benefit Large Facilities?

Features of Indoor Navigational Technology

Accuracy

This system can offer the highest accuracy in locating assets while helping navigation of users within the facility.

Versatility

The system supports multiple users on the application and continues to work offline as well.

No extensive hardware

This technology needs minimum additional hardware as it can adapt well to existing networks. Only beacons may be added depending on the number of assets to be located. Users will use the app on their Smartphone anyway.

Emergency Management

With the help of indoor navigation, platform messages could be sent to users to alert them on safety tips and emergency regulations.

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 Does An Indoor Navigation App Generate Revenue For Businesses? [Indoor Positioning and Navigation Technology]

How Does An Indoor Navigation App Generate Revenue For Businesses? [Indoor Positioning and Navigation Technology]

This post was last updated on Apr 1, 2019 

Based on Geolocation technology, an indoor navigation app is a positioning and wayfinding platform which doubles up as an interface between enterprises and their customers, aiding in enhanced visitor experience which eventually leads to revenue growth.

You might be the owner or the facility head of a shopping mall, a healthcare facility, an aquarium, a museum, or a zoo. Most of these facilities witness substantial footfall, leading to a necessity for visitors engaging visitors optimally, thus ensuring growth in the quantum of overall visits once your venue is rated high.

Indoor Navigation App For Better Visitor Experience

An Indoor Navigation App For Better Visitor Experience

Visitors at a facility such as a shopping mall can use a navigation app on their Smartphones to guide them to the desired location, effortlessly. By simply tapping a couple of times on their device, users can access various points of interest using the shortest path to reach a particular space.

Visitors have access to:
• The facility map on their fingertips for wayfinding and reaching points of interest
• A search option for viewing assets and bookmarking them
• Navigation routes through voice commands for a hands-free experience

 Features of an Indoor Navigation App

A Few Features of an Indoor Navigation App

Core features of these apps are as follows:

• Positioning

Identifying the location of various assets placed within the facility

• Mapping

Pointing to various places of interest within the venue and displaying viable routes

• Wayfinding

Guides users with the shortest route and leads the visitor to the destination

• User Analytics

Displays the number of visitors and user heat signature within the facility

• Facility Management

Lets building administrators control beacons, set up promotional operations, and more

Benefits of an Indoor Navigation App For Facility Managers

Location Sharing

Visitors in the facility can share the location and also fix an appropriate meeting point for them

Marketing and Promotion

Facility heads can use push notifications and location-based alerts to promote products and services for users to avail

Emergency Management

Vital alerts related to the safety and security of the users can be sent on a real-time basis

Inventory & Asset Tracking

It also helps to track the visitor movements and also the assets within the facility

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Industry Segments – Applicability of Indoor Navigation Technology

Medical Facilities
Shopping Malls
Museums
Aquariums
Educational Facilities
Zoo Parks
Convention Centers
Corporate Campus
Resorts & Theme Parks
Public Parks
Sports Stadiums

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.

Enhancing Guest Experience Through Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation at Amusement Parks

Enhancing Guest Experience Through Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation at Amusement Parks

We all love spending time at amusement parks quite a lot, but do they love us back by offering the best services for enhancing the guest experience?

In today’s estimate, most of the amusement parks have lost their essence and have become a commercial podium without leveraging from new trends, especially on imbibing new technologies such as indoor positioning and navigation which could enhance guest experience exponentially and make them come back for more.

Any Smartphone technology for amusement parks should come with these features:

  • Indoor Positioning and Navigation
  • Emergency Management
  • Real-time Data for Strategic Business Decisions

Market Watch, an organization that provides global information on business news, analysis, and stock market data posted a slideshow recently on their website focusing on the drawbacks and prevailing problems at amusement parks.

As per the report, it’s high time amusement park managements re-think their strategy in order to get back visitors’ attention.

Also, read our blog 5 Professional Ways for Large Facilities to Enhance Visitor Experience

Firstly, a glimpse of amusement parks

A place that is made up of rides, roller coasters, water rides, etc. along with restaurants, shops, and other entertainment outlets, providing an avenue for family and friends to hangout and relaxes is an amusement park. Until a decade or more ago, venues which were meant for amusing visitors were lacking technology within the venue which could engage visitors better and create that Wow! effect.

But today, with the advent of technology in most enterprise sectors pertaining to the entertainment industry across the globe, amusement parks should accommodate whatever they could for the safety and satisfaction of the visitor.

Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation (IPIN) in Amusement Parks

Few large facility users and management have already been using navigation technologies today but still, a big number of other facilities don’t even know what it is. In the near future, around 25% of all the users using technology will become pure indoor positioning and navigation users to reach optimal usage of the venue, says Deloitte Global.

We can clearly see today how visitors are facing constant challenges at airports, universities, offices, shopping malls, hospitals, amusement parks, etc. Challenges that go beyond wayfinding, with the ideal IPIN service at the venue, the visitor can benefit through:

It Can Be Their Digital Guide

Spaces which can get crowded use complex route maps to guide visitors to avenues spread across significant distances, precisely a venue like an amusement park, a digital guide on your fingertips can cut down a lot of physical and mental effort by allowing visitors to focus only on fun and frolic while at the venue.

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The Venue Will Become Child-Friendly

Visitors go to amusement parks to have a relaxing day along with their family and friends but ironically, managing their children can become the biggest challenge for them as children wander in search of more amusing rides.

With IPIN, features such as locating people and location bookmarking come as a bonus. With these additional benefits, the visitors can save themselves quickly by not letting their trip convert into a nightmare and also not stopping their children from exploring the venue.

Safety & Security For Visitors

A recent story published on New York Times says that amusement parks safety has been marginal due to lack of proper guidance with the venue and IPIN comes with additional benefits like safety tips and notifications which are sent to visitors on a real-time basis directly to their Smartphones, enabling them to take necessary steps to evade trouble.

 Enhance Guest Experience at Amusement Parks

Enhance Guest Experience at Amusement Parks

All these finer aspects put together translate into an unmatched guest experience. This directly impacts revenue generation as happy customers not just come back to your facility for a good time but also talk to others about thereby increasing your customer base.

When going in for an IPIN platform your amusement park you need to ensure the platform also includes features which help in:

  • Optimal Facility Utilization
  • Emergency Management
  • Marketing Gamification
  • Hoteling and Reservation

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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