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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.