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Whitepaper on indoor positioning and indoor navigation basics

Whitepaper on indoor positioning and indoor navigation basics

We have published a whitepaper featuring our latest blog posts about indoor positioning and indoor navigation technologies and use cases. We want to give you an overview and help you start your project. Indoor navigation projects can be realized in multiple industries, for example railway stations, airports, trade fairs, shopping centers (retail), office, industry areas and tourism. Have a look at the slides - we hope you can profit from it.

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:

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.

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?

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.