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Learn more about the latest development in the fields of indoor positioning, indoor navigation and indoor tracking.


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.

"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.