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Eva Gaudlitz
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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, WiFi, Bluetooth and VLC compared

Techniques for client based indoor positioning – GPS, WiFi, 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: WiFi 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 WiFi as a positioning technology

Indoor navigation using WiFi as a positioning technology

Inside buildings WiFi is a good alternative to GPS, which is not available indoors. In most cases it is easy to install a WiFi positioning system (WPS), since WiFi 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 WiFi, it is sufficient to have WiFi enabled.