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Eva Gaudlitz
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2016 Was so Exciting – infsoft Looks Back

2016 Was so Exciting – infsoft Looks Back

This is the end-of-the-year review by infsoft: new technologies, partnerships and marketing channels were the determining issues of this year.

New Info Portal about Ultra-wideband

New Info Portal about Ultra-wideband

infsoft has published a new info portal about indoor positioning with Ultra-wideband.

New: the infsoft LocAware platform®

New: the infsoft LocAware platform®

infsoft interconnects its tools in an overlapping platform. Say hello to the new infsoft LocAware platform®

Indoor Positioning and the Office of the Future

Indoor Positioning and the Office of the Future

“Smart Workspace“, “Free Seating“ and Industry 4.0 are terms that signalize that work environments are changing, common office concepts have to transform and the vision of the office of the future has become quite real. Many companies already react to those new trends and work on the modern workplace for knowledge workers. Lufthansa, Adidas, BMW, Deutsche Bank, Siemens and ADAC already have put their concepts into practice. The latest office of the future has been created by Microsoft.

Internet of Things and Indoor Positioning – This Is How You Can Profit from Combining Them

Internet of Things and Indoor Positioning – This Is How You Can Profit from Combining Them

The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the major technology trends of the past years. The main difference between IoT and “the Internet” which we have known for 25 years now is that devices, not people, communicate with each other.

Indoor SDKs by infsoft – Implement our IPS Technology Easily

Indoor SDKs by infsoft – Implement our IPS Technology Easily

Cooperation with developers plays a major role for us. Everyone who would like to get a license for our software should have the possibility to examine it intensively in advance. The infsoft developer portal gives you the opportunity to do this. It includes the infsoft SDKs (software development kits) and the possibility to test our tools free of charge. Registering at https://developers.infsoft.com is the first step towards becoming more familiar with everything.

Digital Technologies Improve Travels by Air – what Passengers Wish for

Digital Technologies Improve Travels by Air – what Passengers Wish for

The travel chain is becoming more and more digital. A recent study by Bitkom focuses on the question, which digital services passengers desire. Read more about it and learn about the features which the Frankfurt Airport App already offers.

Asset Tracking and Analytics: Hardware for Indoor Tracking

Asset Tracking and Analytics: Hardware for Indoor Tracking

Indoor Tracking, that is locating persons and objects inside buildings, is in high demand. There are multiple application scenarios.

infsoft Summer Celebration 2016

infsoft Summer Celebration 2016

infsoft had another summer celebration with employees and families who spent some great time together.

Smart Connected Locations – How infsoft Makes Location Based Data Valuable by Connecting Them

Smart Connected Locations – How infsoft Makes Location Based Data Valuable by Connecting Them

“smart connected locations” is infsoft’s guiding principle and at the same time the name of our platform, which collects, integrates, connects, prepares and provides location based data (devices and geographic information). We are happy to explain what it is all about.

Digital Services in Shopping Centers Are Highly Requested

Digital Services in Shopping Centers Are Highly Requested

A recent study shows: digital services such as mobile navigation are much sought after by clients of shopping centers.

Indoor Tracking Using Beacons or RFID – What Are the Differences?

Indoor Tracking Using Beacons or RFID – What Are the Differences?

Frequently, clients or prospective customers ask us which tracking hardware we would recommend for indoor positioning: beacons or RFID. As always, it depends on the requirements and circumstances on site. However, in most cases the decision is pro beacons, because RFID is not suitable for extensive indoor positioning but rather for selective object identification.

Mobile Shopping Solutions at Airports and Railway Stations – Two Use Cases from Our Clients

Mobile Shopping Solutions at Airports and Railway Stations – Two Use Cases from Our Clients

Digitalization is a major topic for stationary trading at the moment. There are constantly new developments and trends in this field. If city centers and shopping malls cross your mind when thinking about retail, you might not be wrong. But you forget about some big players: Meanwhile, airports and railway stations are among the largest shopping centers.

The Role of Hardware in Indoor Positioning Projects

The Role of Hardware in Indoor Positioning Projects

Indoor positioning and indoor navigation are strongly marked by software products: For example in order to create a digital map, to calibrate routes, to evaluate results and to give users access via app. But as soon as it comes to choosing the suitable positioning technology, hardware plays an important role.

How to Configure and Install Beacons Correctly

How to Configure and Install Beacons Correctly

By now, there are 4 beacon standards: iBeacon by Apple, Eddystone by Google, UriBeacon and Altbeacon. iBeacons still constitute the main part, but Eddystone constantly gains market share because of its interesting features. In this blog post we answer the question how iBeacons can be configured and how to install all kinds of beacons in the best possible way at a location.

infsoft @ Holmhacks – Review of Hackathon@HOLM

infsoft @ Holmhacks – Review of Hackathon@HOLM

Our team took part in Hackathon@HOLM in Frankfurt last weekend (4.-6.3.2016). Deutsche Bahn, Frankfurt Airport (Fraport), Lufthansa Innovation Hub, Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV) and Operational Services were partners of the event. 13 teams made use of the offered APIs and within 36 hours developed apps which can facilitate travelling.

Indoor Navigation with Android and iOS Devices – What Are the Differences and Fields of Application?

Indoor Navigation with Android and iOS Devices – What Are the Differences and Fields of Application?

Finding the most suitable positioning technology is the critical success factor for indoor navigation projects. The most common ones are Bluetooth-Low-Energy (BLE) beacons and WiFi. But which technology is the best for each mobile OS?

White Paper on Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation Basics

White Paper on Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation Basics

We have published a white paper featuring our latest blog posts about indoor positioning and indoor navigation technologies and use cases.

Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation: 7 Use Cases

Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation: 7 Use Cases

We show you 7 use cases for indoor positioning and indoor navigation projects. The use cases include hospitals, trade fairs, office, industry, parking, retail and transport.

Client-Based Indoor Positioning Technologies Compared – 3 Alternatives to GPS

Client-Based Indoor Positioning Technologies Compared – 3 Alternatives to GPS

Indoor navigation doesn't work with GPS - as you all know. Here is a short overview of 3 alternatives to GPS inside buildings. We have published a couple of detailed blog posts about this topic before. So if you want, check them out:

Beacons and Positioning Technology in Tourism

Beacons and Positioning Technology in Tourism

The tourism industry has to find new ways to acquire customers, to bind them and to increase margins. There is high competitive pressure and price transparency – holiday destinations seem to be interchangeable. Mobile apps connected with positioning technologies are one possibility to stand out from competitors, increase additional sales, occupy new niches and bind customers.

Merry Christmas from infsoft

Merry Christmas from infsoft

Merry Christmas from infsoft!

Indoor Navigation & Indoor Positioning Using Bluetooth

Indoor Navigation & Indoor Positioning Using Bluetooth

During the last couple of years, there was a lot going on on the Bluetooth market. The technology itself is not new; the functionality of Bluetooth has been well-known since the 1990s. But it was only in recent years that whole new application scenarios have occurred, originating from the energy saving Bluetooth version BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy, Bluetooth Smart). Apple with its iBeacons and just recently Google with its Eddystone Beacons have got the market moving furthermore.

Indoor Tracking of People and Objects – This Is How It Works

Indoor Tracking of People and Objects – This Is How It Works

indoor tracking solutionsIndoor location tracking and indoor positioning of people and objects are getting more relevant for companies from various industries. There are two ways to realize it: client based and server based tracking. Learn more about the differences and which method is suitable for your use case.

Indoor Navigation with Beacons – How to Use Them in the Most Intelligent Way

Indoor Navigation with Beacons – How to Use Them in the Most Intelligent Way

Indoor navigation using beacons is suitable for many purposes and has a lot of advantages. Many of our customers work with beacons. But there are always some frequently asked questions and uncertainties. In this article we would like to answer some questions concerning range, accuracy, application scenarios and battery life and show you different types of beacons. Furthermore, we tell you more about Beacon Alive, infsoft's beacon management platform for large spaces.

infsoft Supports “Aktion Mensch” with Lottery Tickets as Christmas Gifts

infsoft Supports “Aktion Mensch” with Lottery Tickets as Christmas Gifts

Christmas is just around the corner and many companies want to thank their business partners for cooperation during the last year. Usually, companies send their partners and clients writing sets, wine, sweets or Christmas decoration for that purpose.

Client-Based and Server-Based Indoor Positioning

Client-Based and Server-Based Indoor Positioning

Client-based/server-based positioning: What are the differences and which method is suitable for which application scenario?

Techniques for Client-Based Indoor Positioning – GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and VLC Compared

Techniques for Client-Based Indoor Positioning – GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and VLC Compared

Indoor positioning technologies for client-based solutions - which one is perfect for you?

The Basics of Indoor Navigation: infsoft Launches New Information Portal

The Basics of Indoor Navigation: infsoft Launches New Information Portal

Today, we would like to introduce our new wiki about indoor navigation to you. The website went online on November 3rd – it was completed on the very day of the 10th anniversary of infsoft. Our small present to ourselves was a great deal of work – but we are sure it was worth it. At www.indoornavigation.com you can now find an information portal which explains the most important basics of indoor navigation. Due to the vast number of positioning technologies and the dynamically changing technical environment in this area, it is not so easy to gain an overview.

10 Years of infsoft – 10 Years of Indoor Navigation – 10 Technical Milestones

10 Years of infsoft – 10 Years of Indoor Navigation – 10 Technical Milestones

In the year 2005, indoor navigation was still at the very beginning. Computer science student Tobias Donaubauer at that time developed a terminal solution for the university hospital Würzburg and founded his own company. We looked back and identified 10 milestones, which have characterized the indoor navigation industry over the past 10 years. What has been trendy, which techniques were the most promising ones and which ones have finally won through?

Indoor Navigation, Indoor Positioning and Location-Based Services Using VLC (Visible Light Communication)

Indoor Navigation, Indoor Positioning and Location-Based Services Using VLC (Visible Light Communication)

In the recent blog posts we have already introduced the most common methods for indoor positioning: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Both are already being used in various scenarios and have proved to be successful. VLC (visible light communication) is a new, interesting method which is about to reach market maturity.

Indoor Navigation Using Wi-Fi as a Positioning Technology

Indoor Navigation Using Wi-Fi as a Positioning Technology

Inside buildings Wi-Fi is a good alternative to GPS, which is not available indoors. In most cases it is easy to install a Wi-Fi positioning system (WPS), since Wi-Fi access points already exist in many buildings. The advantage is that for example existing cash register systems, public hotspots and access points of shops or exhibitors can be used. The user doesn’t necessarily have to connect with the Wi-Fi, it is sufficient to have Wi-Fi enabled.

"Indoor GPS" - Techniques for Indoor Positioning Without Using GPS

Positioning and navigation using smartphones are very beneficial in everyday life. Where would we be without the friendly voice of google maps which shows us the way wherever we are? But, wait a moment, everywhere is not quite correct. GPS reception quickly reaches its limits, for example in tunnels, parking garages, under a cloud cover, in the forest, in urban canyons, inside buildings – in brief: GPS driven navigation does not work where there is no visual contact to several GPS satellites. And there is another problem: With GPS it is not possible to determine the floor level a device is located on. But there are some possibilities to put such an “indoor GPS” into practice.

Indoor Navigation and Location-Based Services for Office and Industry

Indoor Navigation and Location-Based Services for Office and Industry

Indoor positioning and indoor navigation can make the management of large offices and industry buildings a lot easier and employees can also benefit from it. For example, you can track assets or people, support the security service and offer your staff an employee app.

FRA App of Frankfurt Airport Has a New Feature: The Sign Translator!

FRA App of Frankfurt Airport Has a New Feature: The Sign Translator!

The FRA App of Frankfurt Airport, created by infsoft got an update these days.The new version 2.4 now has an integrated sign translator. Travelers can scan the signage, which is in English and German, and their smartphone app will translate it into Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Arabic, Korean or Spanish.

Location-Based Services and Indoor Navigation in Railway Stations

Location-Based Services and Indoor Navigation in Railway Stations

Modern railway stations must satisfy high requirements: Of course it is extremely important that passengers reach their destination fast and safe. Especially people with reduced mobility may welcome support. The large number of merchants wishes for a good platform to present themselves and the possibility to realize location-based advertising. For the station operator a lot of opportunities arise considering facility management.

Location-Based Services and Indoor Navigation in Airports

Location-Based Services and Indoor Navigation in Airports

When people want to go on holiday by plane most of them are both full of anticipation and tension. Business travelers want to keep the waiting times to a minimum and make good use of it. As an airport operator it is your goal to offer passengers a trouble-free and comfortable stay. Shops and restaurants wish for passengers who have enough free time to consume.

infsoft's Summer Barbecue

infsoft's Summer Barbecue

infsoft had a nice summer barbecue with employees and their families.

Google Presents Its New Beacon System Eddystone - New Standard Is Fully Compatible with All Solutions by infsoft

Google Presents Its New Beacon System Eddystone - New Standard Is Fully Compatible with All Solutions by infsoft

In the mid of July 2015 Google has presented its own beacon system. The company now offers a competing product for Apple’s iBeacons, which have appeared on the market about two years ago.

Indoor Navigation and Location-Based Services for Shopping Centers

Indoor Navigation and Location-Based Services for Shopping Centers

Going to a mall is a great experience. There is a large and immediately available selection of goods, very good advice and always a nice café or restaurant to take a break. In summary, shopping in a mall is great fun. It is in the interest of shops and operators that customers discover new and relevant stores and restaurants.

Indoor Navigation and Location-Based Services for Trade Fairs

Indoor Navigation and Location-Based Services for Trade Fairs

Have you ever wandered through an exhibition, studying a heavy catalogue, looking for interesting exhibitors? Or for a cash machine, the wardrobe, the right car park? Perhaps you as an exhibitor had too little or not so interested visitors at your exhibition stand. Or perhaps you are a trade fair organizer who wants to assist exhibitors and visitors to take full advantage of their trade fair participation.

infsoft App Has Been Awarded „Best Use Case“ by InLocation Alliance

infsoft App Has Been Awarded „Best Use Case“ by InLocation Alliance

The app “Campus Düsseldorf” for Vodafone Deutschland, developed by infsoft, has been awarded „Best Use Case 2015“ by the InLocation Alliance.

Member of German Parliament Dr. Reinhard Brandl Visits infsoft

Member of German Parliament Dr. Reinhard Brandl Visits infsoft

On July 6th Dr. Reinhard Brandl visited infsoft. Brandl is a member of the German parliament (CSU) and since 2009 he has been parlamentarian of the election district Ingolstadt.

SBB Relies on infsoft Technology

SBB Relies on infsoft Technology

infsoft convinces in public tender procedure of Swiss Federal Railways (SBB).

infsoft Moves into New Offices

infsoft Moves into New Offices

infsoft moves into a new building which offers more space for employees and their creative ideas.

Indoor Analytics

Indoor Analytics

As of now, infsoft is offering indoor analyses in real time.

esri and infsoft Become Partners

esri and infsoft Become Partners

With its latest partnership, infsoft has access to a world-leading GIS network: esri has 10 offices in the USA and a network of 80 international distributors with over 1 million users in 200 countries.