An Introduction to Indoor Positioning
Indoor positioning systems (IPS) enable locating the position of objects or people within buildings. Since GPS is unreliable in interior spaces because there is no visual contact with the GPS satellites, an IPS (indoor positioning system) must use other positioning methods. These include, for example, the common consumer standards Wi-Fi or Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), but also solutions based on Ultra-wideband (UWB) or passive RFID. infsoft’s systems are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. The first and most important step in the implementation of locating systems is the selection of the positioning method and technology.
How Does Indoor Positioning Work?
When it comes to localization within buildings, a distinction can be made between client-based and server-based positioning. Client-based localization enables determining the position directly on the end user’s device (e. g. smartphone). In the case of server-based localization, positioning takes place on a server.
Client-based indoor positioning means that the position is determined directly via the end-user device.
Here, the position is determined on a server (cloud-based infsoft LocAware platform®).
Now that you got to know the basics of indoor localization and found out what client-based and server-based indoor positioning means, you can discover the typical workflow for the realization of an indoor positioning project – from first meeting to proof of concept to system rollout.
To give you an idea of the individual steps and the duration of a typical RTLS project, we have broken down a sample project into its individual components.
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