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


Getting the Most out of Bluetooth Beacons: Angle of Arrival Technology

Getting the Most out of Bluetooth Beacons: Angle of Arrival Technology

Angle of Arrival (AoA) is an emerging technology that indicates the direction of the signal sources and allows for advanced beacon-based asset tracking solutions.

How Tracking Solutions Benefit the Tunnel Industry

How Tracking Solutions Benefit the Tunnel Industry

This article shows possible applications of positioning and condition sensors in the tunnel industry.

UWB: Two Localization Techniques in Comparison

UWB: Two Localization Techniques in Comparison

When using Ultra-wideband, there are two types of localization techniques - Time Difference of Arrival (TDoA) and Two Way Ranging (TWR).

The Use of Tracking Solutions in Industrial Environments

The Use of Tracking Solutions in Industrial Environments

In industrial applications, a large number of sensor technologies are used to improve processes and make them more efficient. With the help of tracking solutions, processes can not only be optimized in production facilities, but also the working environment of people can be made more efficient and more pleasant.

Workspace Utilization: Choosing the Right Technology

Workspace Utilization: Choosing the Right Technology

Which technology is more suitable for monitoring how different areas in offices are being used – Wi-Fi or BLE?

Brand New White Paper on Indoor Positioning

Brand New White Paper on Indoor Positioning

You want to dive into the topic of indoor positioning or are about the get your project started? Before you go for it, you might want to read the brand new white paper we have released.

Technologies for Server-Based Indoor Positioning Compared: Wi-Fi vs. BLE vs. UWB vs. RFID

Technologies for Server-Based Indoor Positioning Compared: Wi-Fi vs. BLE vs. UWB vs. RFID

There is a wide variety of technologies on which server-based indoor positioning systems can be based. In this blog post, we introduce you to the most common ones – Wi-Fi, BLE, UWB and RFID – and point out benefits and obstacles respectively.

Adding IP Cameras to Your Indoor Positioning System

Adding IP Cameras to Your Indoor Positioning System

Especially in logistics and security, it is worthwhile to have an indoor positioning system complemented by external cameras.


Object Identification Using RFID

Object Identification Using RFID

RFID is one of the most versatile technologies in the field of indoor localization and can be used in nearly every industry. But how does an RFID system work and what advantages does it offer?

infsoft Locator Nodes: Modular All-Rounders for Indoor Positioning

infsoft Locator Nodes: Modular All-Rounders for Indoor Positioning

The applications in which indoor positioning is used are becoming more and more diverse. That’s why we at infsoft have developed our hardware with the aim of making our indoor solutions usable for a variety of application scenarios.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.