Differences Between Google Maps and Indoor Navigation App

Technology has come so far today that it’s become a productive obsession for users. We, the modern generation users, are lucky to know, see and feel life from a digital point of view – this, evidently, is going to be the future of humans. From indoors to outdoors, technology contributes to every step we take, and most importantly, while navigating from indoor to outdoor spaces.

We are accustomed to using mobile applications in outdoors such as Google maps which is embedded with features such as positioning yourself, showing genuine routes and reaching destinations effortlessly but the same is not easily accommodated indoors due to lack of applications designed for indoor facilities.

Indoor Navigation App

Technology Indoors Is As Important As Outdoors

Google maps has been integrated across the globe and people have been productively gaining the benefits of it; similarly, why can’t indoor facilities also accommodate technology to enhance visitor experience and much more?

In this digital epoch, we use mobile applications for everything beginning from clothing to food to accessories and everything on finger tips, why shouldn’t the same take place while exploring facilities that are huge and full of  complexities?

Indoor Facilities

Indoor navigation apps does just that and much more, immersed with exclusive features for the visitor and the managements of large facilities, these apps can empower all the people at large facilities.

Essential Features of Indoor Wayfinding apps

  • Indoor Wayfinding
  • Visitor Virtual Introduction
  • Management Personalization
  • Market Integration
  • Event Notification and Safety Tips
  • Emergency Management and much more

Users of technology rely more on the evolving tools than the obsolete ones for better access to diverse activities within large venues. Indoor wayfinding apps can be a real-time app and a helpful one that can serve as all in one app, even for the managements as well.

While a variety of facilities such as convention centers, shopping malls, resorts, theme parks, etc  provide an excellent user experience, however, they fail to serve the visitors with an excellent and capable indoor technological app that can help them decode the routes through indoor GPS tracking.

Difference between outdoor navigation (Google maps) and indoor navigation:

The promise of GPS navigation is of high superiority, from a commoner to a silk-stocker, everybody uses it to navigate themselves, however, outdoor navigation and indoor navigation are two completely different polarities which work for a similar purpose in separate facilities and ambiences.

Precision is an important element in both indoor and outdoor environments and to accomplish  this, it takes a technology which has a wide range of skillful prerequisites, nonetheless, indoor navigation is not genuinely widespread until recently, making outdoor navigation the paragon of navigation and positioning.

The existing trends of charismatic infrastructures of shopping malls, corporate office spaces, convention centers, etc. makes us realize the urgency of indoor navigation apps within the venue  to navigate, locate and schedule the day at the facility.

Below listed points showcase the difference between outdoor and indoor navigation:

Outdoor Navigation Indoor Navigation
Allows users to locate from their immediate position Vice-versa
The quality of impression is static The impression is dynamic due to the change in the facilities
Passive Promotions Active Market Integration
No target audience Of course, target audience
Excessive information Information confined to the venue
Limited precision Absolute precision
Can be misused Zero chances of exploitation as it is limited to the venue

Difference between indoor and outdoor navigation

Navigating outdoors with the help of technology is a cumbersome task but do you know navigating indoors is even more complex because of hindrances such as the users have time limitation, facility is over-crowded and visitors’ lack of cognizance about the venue.

Indoor Navigation vs. Outdoor Maps

It’s really unfair to identify and conclude on which is the best among the two because be it indoor or outdoor, every user of these applications wants a safe and a refined experience at the end of the day.

In case of indoor navigation, there are a deluge of challenges visitor face compared to outdoor navigation. An indoor navigation app that is specifically designed for the venue has the potential to help those visitors to combat those challenges inside complex buildings.


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.

Integrated Real-time Location System (RTLS) for Improved Throughput in Healthcare Sector [Hospital Management Systems]

Prioritizing duties for healthcare professionals during peak hours is an occupational challenge, which eventually translates into below average throughput when not addressed at the right time. To address challenges related to patient experience in the healthcare sector, an efficient hospital management system has to go beyond being only a Real-time Location System (RTLS).

For improved throughput, an ‘integrated’ RTLS can help immensely in streamlining long wait-times and overcrowding. Added to this, the integrated system can evolve into a platform for building brand vitality through Location-based Services (LBS) and proximity marketing.

RTLS for health care

What is an Integrated RTLS?

The last decade has witnessed considerable research related to the applicability of RTLS in the healthcare sector. While one research paper focuses on the technical aspects of an RTLS and outlines its applications in fair detail, another specifies how this technology can help in mental rehabilitation programs in a health care environment.
A more recent paper published in 2018 discusses the LoCATE (Localization of Health Center Assets Through an IoT Environment) solution, which uses wireless networks to track all patients and medical staff in real-time.

However, optimal healthcare management needs a holistic tech platform which can be used for indoor tracking, indoor positioning & indoor navigation, localization, workload synchronization, workforce reporting & conformity, marketing & promotions, and LBS.

RTLS technology when fused with facility management and marketing processes can be termed as an integrated RTLS which supports 360 degree operations of a healthcare facility.

Hospital Management System

Also read our blog How Can Indoor Mapping and Wayfinding in Hospitals Improve Patient Experience?

10 Key Features of an Integrated RTLS

  • Works with Wi-Fi, Ultra wide-band (UWB), Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Bluetooth, and Beacon technologies among others
  • Real-time locating of assets & personnel
  • Asset reservation and location bookmarking
  • Step by step wayfinding to points of interest within the facility
  • Reporting and metrics for space management
  • Workforce collaboration through instant messaging
  • Marketing gamification
  • Safety tips, alerts & notifications during emergencies
  • Data security through multi-layered encryption
  • Location Based Services (LBS) for information and access to applications

Features of RTLS

Integrated RTLS – Improved Throughput for Healthcare Sector

It is interesting to know, mercy Health hospitals in the US recently implemented RTLS as part of their mobile asset utilization drive and saved millions of dollars in the financial year. The full report of this successful model can be read here.

On the other hand, Atrium Health averted a major situation when almost 2.65 million patients’ preliminary data was compromised due to a breach in its data security system. Fortunately, the third party vendor was able to arrest the situation before users’ sensitive details were grabbed by the hackers.

Healthcare facilities are prone to cyber attacks and data theft as they process huge amounts of patient information for multiple health systems. This makes it easier for hackers to get into the system and obtain sensitive user information.

To address this concern it is important to integrate multiple hospital management systems into one flexible tech platform. This may require altering the existing IT infrastructure and remodeling it to achieve interoperability across different platforms such as Smartphones, tablets, and personal computers.

Wayfinding in Hospitals
In the long run, however, an integrated RTLS will ensure improved throughput and a higher precision in tracking assets, reporting and data management.

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

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.