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 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:

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  • 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.

All You Need to Know About Indoor Positioning and Navigation Systems [Indoor Navigation & Wayfinding]

All You Need to Know About Indoor Positioning and Navigation Systems [Indoor Navigation & Wayfinding]

The usage of technology by people across the globe has evolved over time in relation to their lifestyles, aiming to alleviate common problems. In extension to the satellite-based Global Positioning Systems (GPS) which works for navigating outdoors and wayfinding to points of interest, a growing trend which is set to become commonplace is the usage of indoor positioning and navigation technologies which help with pathfinding within large facilities.

Outdoor GPS navigation apps are among many such applications which guide people in exploring new places, be it in a crowded city or a remote village. However, even today navigating within large indoor locations is a common challenge which visitors face in large venues such as medical facilities, shopping malls, or transportation hubs.

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Indoor Positioning and Navigation Systems

Plenty of applications and software play an umbrella role while offering services to its users, and this technology is one among them. The term umbrella here refers to a variety of features integrated onto a single platform, serving diverse purposes.

Wondering what’s so great about it in this digital world?

This system can primarily serve as an indoor location tracker with attendant features complimenting its own services. Only a few apps offer a multitude of services to ensure holistic operational efficiency.

These applications work using the following four technologies:

  1. Wi-Fi
  2. Bluetooth
  3. Beacons
  4. Ultra-wideband

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Where will Indoor Positioning and Navigation Systems Fit In?

Not many apps or technologies fall under two polarities that are different in nature; this is the case with this system as well. Whether the venue is small, big or massive, this system can be adopted for better visitor engagement and result in an increased bottom line for the facility owners.

However, the recommended optimal application of the technology is that for large facilities like airports, convention centers, zoos, etc., a facility’s economy can be measured by looking at the number of people who regularly visit large venues mentioned above.

Also, read our blog What Are Indoor Maps?

Here are some of the Most Common Challenges in Large Venues

Technology
It’s not easy to keep up with technological trends in this modern day as every other day there is a technological upgrade that takes place. Especially, in the case of large venues, it becomes even more cumbersome work. Also, for technological progress to take place in large facilities, it needs to meet with the budget allocated by the venue.

Time Management
Time constraint can be a challenge for anybody and anything irrespective of the size and power of it. Managing time becomes important to reach the objectives designed for the progress of a person, company or even a large venue. Therefore it is advised to plan by outlining your short term vs. long term goals and not being hasty while managing time. Only technology can divide and share the burden of manpower in large venues.

Crowd Management
Managing crowds is the biggest challenge large venues face. However, with an organized route guide within the venue, it can be resolved to an extent. Venues which have been catered to with technology have seen drastic changes in regards to managing and monitoring the crowd present within the venue. This system can offer plenty of services in venues that accommodate large groups of people at once.

How Indoor Positioning and Navigation Systems Can Help Large Facilities?

Large facilities have common challenges irrespective of the services they offer to the visitors and indoor positioning systems can combat those challenges with ease. Challenges like pathfinding, locating a person, store, or a facility and much more, let’s see how this technology can resolve such issues.

Self Monitoring Path Guide in Large Venues
It can be the path guide for visitors in huge facilities that generally need a local in order to explore the venue optimally. With large interior spaces commonly functioning on geo-referenced data with Wi-Fi access points on each corner and also Bluetooth beacon signal strengths within the buildings, it becomes easy for this system to function and serve their visitors.

In order for visitors to have a productive visit to public venues like airports, stadiums, or within a private space like an office facility, warehouse or a manufacturing facility, they need a proper guide that can wayfind and navigate them to the desired location. With the right technology, big spaces can monitor their visitors within the venue effectively.

Cuts down Unnecessary Wandering in Large Venues
Most visitors in large venues happen to spend a lot of time wandering through the facility unreasonably, fetching nothing in the process. Time constraint becomes one of the major challenges for the management of today’s large venues. This technology becomes very appropriate for venues that have pre-configured time slots like museums, zoos, airports, etc.

While exploring venues which offer a plethora of services, visitors need to plan their day according to time constraints so as to make the best out of the visit. When a facility integrates its operations with an indoor positioning system, there results in a productive interaction between the visitors and the management of the venue. Most visitors leave the venue due to lack of relevant communication generated by the facility management, which could eventually be considered as a loss of potential customers and a decline in revenues.

It serves not just the visitors but also the management of the venue with its end to end functionality. Large facility managers have a million things to do every day; attending budget meetings, consulting vendors, answering emails and much more. Besides these, there are employees with questions, management concerns and issues that need to be sorted. And all this needs to be done before the end of the day! Managing time, therefore, becomes a big challenge for a facility manager. Indoor position and navigation technology can be the right choice as it can help manage a wide range of locations, spaces, services, and assets critical in today’s fast-paced world.

Adopting Technology That is User-friendly
There is a prevalent notion among visitors that the management of large venues doesn’t really focus on significant visitor experience areas, which eventually affects their average visitor engagement ratings. They don’t realize that interfaces of most technologies tend to be overly complicated which could lead to disinterest from the visitors’ end. But in case of this technology, the users are presented with a friendly interface to engage them thoroughly in order to maximize their day at the venue.

Also, the management of a large venue needs to keep in mind the visitors who use this system regularly are not just young people but could be middle-aged and sometimes old as well. It is commonly accepted that technology is built for the next generation to benefit but, according to a survey by Pew Research Center, it says that over 62% of adults use technology in the form of smartphones, desktop computers, laptops and tablets for browsing the internet and relevant gain information.

Future of Indoor Positioning Systems is going to be Revolutionary

The trends in technology change with time and that’s how it has enmeshed with the lives of people in each era. Similarly, for future users technology has extensive benefits to offer.

Let’s go through one such example…

Technology can sometimes, in fact, most of the times make us realize the ‘awe’ factor with its innovative and futuristic creations.

oblu: A Shoe-Mounted Indoor Positioning System
For outdoor navigations, there is still scope for people to use traditional ways to communicate and find their paths but in case of indoor navigation its becoming way to tough to communicate for navigation.

oblu is an Arduino compatible, miniaturized, low cost and open source inertial sensor targeted towards wearable motion sensing applications. oblu is a shoe-mounted pedestrian dead reckoning (PDR) system that can tell the users to change direction and location according to their destinations. It’s available as a configurable development platform and can report position data to a Smartphone via its onboard Bluetooth module.

Shoe Mounted Indoor Positioning System

Note: The image and the information are curated from a blog published on Medium.

oblu is suitable for applications with space constraints, e.g. wearable motion sensing. It can also be used as a wireless IMU with the help of onboard Bluetooth. Presence of onboard floating point processing capability, along with four IMUs array, makes sensor fusion and motion processing possible within the module itself, which in turn results in very accurate motion sensing.

The features of this future technology are quite futuristic and it is inevitable that once this techno is on board it is going to create a revolutionary impact on the users and the populace on the whole.

Features of this technology are:

  • Four 3-axis Accelerometer
  • Four 3-axis Gyroscope
  • 32 bit FP microcontroller
  • USB battery charging
  • Li-ion battery operable
  • BLE 4.1 and USB interface
  • JTAG programmable
  • Digital output

The future is bright for the next generation users and/or visitors of large venues!

It seems that we will see more applications or technologies powered with UWB (Ultra-wide band) location detection in the future as the price of the hardware and software solutions is going to rapidly decrease due to the commonality it has reached. Augmented Reality (AR) experiences will play a role with UWB as precise location and direction information opens the doors for even richer AR apps. Locatify’s focus is on making location-based apps for augmented reality audio and indoor navigation apps. In the future, the UWB hardware may well be built into smartphones and could be part of headphones as well.

Overall, in large venues, there is always a need to find ways to a specific location which may not be possible with manpower alone. Technology can be a better alternative for that job. With applications that can enhance the visitor experience and take it to the next level, new age applications need to be co-opted in order to serve present and future purposes.

The management of large venues is looking out for applications that can offer indoor wayfinding and navigation as their primary function, followed by features that can obtain vital user data from visitors in order to make more informed management decisions.

Most of the venues have a bunch of points of interest in their venue and navigating them is just not enough. An indoor positioning system that has exclusive features such as schedule or register for an event, pre-scheduling their day in terms of their points of interest, marketing integration and much more can smoothen the functioning of large facilities.

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 Indoor Positioning and Navigation Technologies can Improve Convention Center Operations?

How Indoor Positioning and Navigation Technologies can Improve Convention Center Operations?

Way finding in Convention CentersThere is always something new being invented in the world of technology on a regular basis; yet reaching out to businesses is the biggest challenge the technology developing teams face. Today, large facilities like Convention Centers are hardly aware of the technology that best suits them, so that they can utilize it for the smooth running of their venue. Technologies such as indoor positioning, indoor navigation and wayfinding might just be the right applications for management to choose and deploy.

According to the Convention Industry Council, there are a staggering 1.8 million convention centers in US who host large gatherings in the form of conferences, congresses, international trade shows and exhibitions, incentive events and corporate meetings, etc. Convention centers are even essential for the tech industry; with Google and Microsoft holding some of the biggest events in the recent times, the venue needs to introspect on their facility management in relation to the technology they offer to those industries.

Indoor Positioning and Navigation Technologies can be ideal for management of large facilities like convention centers due to the wide array of features they offer to industries.

What’s lacking in existing Convention Centers? Keep reading to know more…

The growing need for large venues with widely accessible technology is going to be rapidly in demand in the future for large groups of associations in venues like convention centers. However, Convention centers across the world need to expand and renovate in order to attract more events and be a better host. With the growing demand for technology among the users, convention centers should look forward to enhancing their operations for better visitor experience within the venue. Convention centers requires to work on providing more flexible spaces, the ability to blend virtual and in-person events, and meaningful sustainability in order to seek the attention of the next generation visitors.

Few challenges today’s Convention Center’s management face are:

Flexibility

Not all events are the same and today convention centers repeat the same monotonous approach to all kinds of events that take place within the venue. Convention centers should be renovated to ensure that they can be adapted to different types and sizes of meetings.

Events in convention centers look to bridge the gap between the physical and digital world. Spaces need to be flexible enough to accommodate new technology, and there’s increasing demand for spaces that can be used as production studios for video in this digital era of visitors.

There is also more demand for highly flexible, unadorned hospitality spaces that can be customized to fit the needs of each event which convention centers fail to provide and that can lead to the down-fall of the venue in the long run.

Technology

Indoor Positioning and Navigation TechnologyStadiums have a well equipped technological setup and to serve the visitors on par with stadiums convention centers need to expand and renovate their venue by seamlessly integrating technology. To be ready for everything from live-streaming videos, social media-enhanced presentations, the need for faultless wireless internet and even making sure there are enough charging stations for computers and phones, convention centers have to upgrade quickly for today’s increased mobility.

International trade shows, conference and events of high profile are demanding for digital technology within the venue that can digitally way find and navigate them in large facilities like convention centers. This means that the convention center buildings should be equipped with advanced infrastructure for Wi-Fi and upgrading distributed antenna systems (DAS).

Today’s convention center goers expect connectivity everywhere. Once thought of as a revenue stream for convention centers, free internet connectivity is an expectation of meeting planners. And today the convention centers lack just that in terms of their technological services.

Technology is the most important new growth area for convention centers according to 42 percent of event producers, based on a report from Red 7 Media Research and Consulting.

Sustainability

Convention centers lack the art of sustainability among the rest of the venues. Today, all large venues have a proper strategy for sustaining in the market but convention centers have failed to plan one. Convention centers are extensively looking to increase their level of sustainability for the environmental benefits and as well as for reducing operating costs.

Technology Can Change the Face of Convention Centers Right Away

In a world where we demandingly rely on mobile and internet connections, online meetings therefore happen to be more significant. Convention centers need to adapt to the technological needs of their audiences, while also creating environments that enhance the real-life experiences that cannot be captured online.

Convention centers are located in large tracts of area to serve the purpose of accommodating large masses under one roof and have their needs fulfilled. In this context, monitoring those large groups of people becomes an impossible task for the management of the venue if not with the technology.

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Indoor Positioning TechnologiesIdeally, any facility that is situated in large tracts of area should have the appropriate technology within the venue to position and navigate the visitors. Not just for positioning and way finding but also for several other challenges which visitors face within the venue; challenges like booking an event, emergency management, bookmark feature and much more.

The environment in convention centers happens to be very professional and formal which leads to the boredom of the visitors that can eventually lead them to rushing out from the venue as soon as possible. This process directly signifies that the visitors don’t really show much interest in staying within the venue for a longer time.

Convention centers needs technologies that can make the visitors have a good time within the venue along with the productive time which happens to be the primary purpose of the event. In convention centers, the other challenges visitors face is finding their respective event in the long list of the events which happen simultaneously.

Indoor positioning systems can enhance visitor experience in large venues like convention centers by making them position their location and also bookmark them in case of immediate exits and entries. The other major problem visitors face while in convention centers is that lack of network in their mobile phones within the venue makes it a cumbersome process to navigate even after having all the required bunch of modems under their disposal.

Technology That Can Serve Offline Will Be Double Effective

We all know the nature of convention centers and we have to acknowledge the fact that they are located in outskirts of the city so as to accommodate large masses of visitors at once. Having said that convention centers are located in isolated regions where network concerns are more often to be common.

Any technology that can provide services offline can be double effective in venues like convention centers. Most visitors in convention centers are high profile CEOs, marketing executives and sales executives from big companies and all of them have been facing network fluctuation issues irrespective of the network they use, due to the isolated regions convention centers have been located in.

In venues like convention centers, technology that can offer services without internet can come in handy more than that which offers services only with the hand of internet. According to the same report which is mentioned above, the Red 7 Media Research and Consulting says that over 39% of event producers feel that technology is an important new growth area for convention centers.

Time for Convention Centers to Embrace Technology and Enhance Visitor Experience

Not many venues loose the opportunity to associate with technology for better visitor experience and eventually increase their bottom line. Now convention centers can grab the same by adopting technology into their venues. There are immense ways that technology can help visitors and the management within the venue.

Let’s list few of them…

Optimal Visitor Engagement Can Lead to Optimal Visitor Experience

Not all visitors have a jolly and blissful time within the venue, especially in convention centers. Some venues are only meant for official and productive engagement. With technology like indoor navigation systems in convention centers, the visitors will have a point to point navigation within the venue where other events also take place similarly at the same time and venue on a different floor.

Providing visitor engagement in convention centers seems impossible unless technology meets the venue. The huge halls, rooms, parking lots, etc have to be navigated with the help of technology, if only with manpower then the management cannot assist each and every visitor, unlike the technology.

Parking lots

 WayFinding for Parking LotsWith large facilities comes huge responsibility and accountability. When thousands of visitors come together for common purpose or cause in convention centers which are isolated in the countryside, their vehicles which bring them there have to be parked within the venue as well.

Today, many smartphone apps have been evolving that can support indoor locating systems for booking a slot for your vehicle within the venue before you reach the destination. Also, the visitors can bookmark their slot where the vehicle has been parked so as to identify their vehicle among the rest of thousands of them.

Engaging visitors in convention centers can only be done optimally when the management of the venue can at first navigate their respective vehicles and later on followed by navigating them.

Technology Can Become the Real Strategy for Convention Centers

With technology under the belt of the venue, the visitors can have interactive participation with their clients online and show them the step-by-step processes of planning the event. Hence, this form of communication can make them feel involved and gives potential customers security that their event will be a top-notch!

There is always that one fact which holds the key to reach the next level in most of the venues: ‘by offering visitors their new demands’. Not necessarily new strategy means to change the entire approach and bring in an altogether new and fresh approach, in different venues the strategy ranges from collecting and interpreting data to implementing ideas.

In the case of convention centers, visitors are mostly millennials who seek information from a technological environment by the use of smart phones and applications, rather than intrude into other people’s time or space. An application works on a do-it-yourself principle wherein users of the app can simply login and plan at their day at precise locations at scheduled times.

Next Gen Convention Centers

Now that we have initiated a discussion on the relevant technologies and their application which can benefit convention centers, it is only a matter of time before indoor path-finding, navigation, and positioning apps will dominate the scenario. Today’s convention center visitors have conformed themselves to the limitations of a traditional space but next generation visitors i.e. the generation Z is expecting more flexibility and adaptability in spaces that are supposed to match the needs and unique factors of the events. Convention centers visitors will want to have the ability to customize their event experience in the future.

However, the technology which we use or about to use in convention centers are way too simple compared to the future of convention centers because of the services it offers. Services like hospitality, visitor engagement, navigation and way finding and much more will take place through the face of technology alone in the near future. Manpower will be reduced to a greater number and technological experts will be hired for better updating of software on a frequent basis.

Overall, the future of business for convention centers is as bright as ever in the history of the venue. Professionals all over the world will witness best experience in convention centers like never before with the technological shift the venue adopted by then. Also, there is a wide scope for convention centers to showcase their city’s local culture and encourage event and conference visitors to stay well past their daily meeting schedules.

The visitors in convention centers in the future will have a holiday while they are simultaneously networking with their colleagues. This will prevent the feeling of the visitors that they could be “anywhere” when they are still in convention centers.

However, while looking at the professional side, the future visitors will be clear in their desire for a different experience in convention centers, and the days of uncomfortable banquet chairs and one-size-fits-all meeting rooms will become a part of the past.

Also read our blog How a Shopping Mall Navigation App can Benefit Your Business ‘Holistically’?

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 navigation app: The next big paradigm shift in facility management [Indoor Positioning and Navigation]

Indoor navigation app: The next big paradigm shift in facility management [Indoor Positioning and Navigation]

In today’s business environment, managing facilities effectively is as important as team collaboration for an organization’s success.

Globally, we have been witnessing the emergence and growth of facilities spread over vast areas of lands.

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Take for instance the largest medical facility in the world, the Texas Medical Center or a corporate facility such as the Apple Park, or an educational facility like the Stanford University. How are these spaces and the resources within them managed efficiently?

All of these spaces mentioned above are spread across hundreds of acres. What tools do they use to communicate? What technologies have they adopted to make it a productive workplace? Is the space being utilized optimally?

Read further to know the paradigm shift in technology which enables better facility management.

Communication Technologies

We have observed that from the time of emails to the intranet, or recent collaboration tools which aid in instant messaging and file transfer, communication technologies have helped share correspondence and deliver workload accordingly.

As the graph presented below indicates, email still remains a powerful means of contact, for both professional and personal use. However, new collaboration tools are catching-up fast.

Paradigm Shift

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However, what collaboration tools offer predominantly are features such as instant messaging and file transfer. These features surely help collaboration between the stakeholders of a large facility… but what about other vital aspects of the facility such as optimal space utilization or indoor navigation?

This is precisely the paradigm shift that is being discussed here – adoption of one technology which combines both seamless collaboration and efficient facility management!

Wouldn’t it be much more convenient for facility heads and decision-makers keep track of resources and spaces by just tapping on their mobile screen?

Yes! It is possible to develop such a technology and Pigeon Indoor Positioning and Navigation App is one such mobile-application based technology with unique features customizable for varied industry segments.

Technology for Large Facilities Management

For large organizations, managing their facilities is a big challenge.

Whether the facility is a large office space, an expansive shopping mall, a big medical facility, or a full-fledged higher education institution, indoor positioning and navigation technology can help in effective facility management while ensuring smooth collaboration between various stakeholders.

By adopting this technology, the heads of facility can look forward to generic uses such as facilities management, premises mapping, scheduling, event management, and specific uses such as in-app messaging and calling, people finder, safety features, and notifications among others.

In effect, this mobile application becomes the center of facility management, where collaboration can be enhanced through technology, resulting in seamless communication between members of an organization despite the size of the facility.

It isn’t matter of doubt that all successful organizations have adopted dynamic communications systems, is it?

Recent case studies have indicated that effective communication and collaboration leads to better productivity which eventually leads to an organizations’ success story. A Forbes article compiles these studies in a lucid way.

Also read our blog Five Visitor Experience Signs Zoo Management Should Focus On [Indoor Navigation]

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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