14 December Indoor Navigation & Indoor Positioning Using Bluetooth 2 MIN READ December 14, 2015 By Gina Wurms hardware, infographic, positioning technology |Bluetooth|, |beacons| 0 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 navigation using Bluetooth Since GPS does not work indoors, Bluetooth is a good alternative for indoor positioning and indoor navigation. Bluetooth beacons are able to send out signals, but they can’t receive them. They are relatively cheap, can run on button cells up to two years and have a maximum range of 30 meters indoors. Accuracy is up to one meter. On the one hand they are used in client based solutions, that is to say, positioning via app on the smartphone itself. In this case, Bluetooth must be activated on the device. On the other hand, server based tracking solutions using beacons are possible as well. For positioning in client based applications, several beacons are required. They send out unique signals with which the app determines the position by means of fingerprinting. Based on beacons, it is possible to trigger an action, for example displaying a coupon or information on the smartphone. Application areas of beacon indoor navigation Currently, Bluetooth beacons are mostly applied in stationary trading. They connect the online and offline world and are supposed to increase sales at the point of sale (POS), for example by means of coupons or advertisements. Also, navigation in complex buildings and detailed information about exhibits in museums and at trade fairs are much asked for. It is also possible to analyze visitor flows. Based on that information, products in shops can be arranged perfectly or walking routes can be optimized. The technical possibilities offer a lot of opportunities to provide the customer, visitor, patient, employee or traveler relevant information at the right time and at the right place. Installation of indoor positioning via Bluetooth Calibrating the position determination is as easy as when using WiFi. infsoft provides a calibration app, by which clients can work independently. infsoft also offers a beacon management tool to monitor battery levels and set up business logics to replace batches in certain areas. infsoft does not provide beacon hardware, but we are happy to establish contacts of beacon suppliers. If you have any questions considering installation and parameterization, don’t hesitate to contact us. Pros and cons of indoor positioning using beacons Pros: cost-effective, unremarkable hardware low energy consumption flexible integration into the existing infrastructure (battery-powered or power supply via lamps and the domestic electrical system) works where other positioning techniques do not have a signal compatible with iOS and Android high accuracy compared to WiFi (up to 1m) Cons: additional hardware app is required for client based solutions relatively small range (up to 30m) Get the white paper for free Great introduction to the topic of indoor positioning Download Related Articles Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation Using Wi-Fi Positioning using GPS does not work reliably inside buildings as there is no visual contact with the GPS satellites. A good alternative is indoor positioning using Wi-Fi. An additional advantage compared to GPS is the possibility to determine the current floor level. Read More "Indoor GPS" - Techniques for Indoor Positioning Without Using GPS Techniques for indoor positioning without using GPS - learn more about Indoor GPS in our blog. Read More 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). Read More 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 - check out our infographic. Read More Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation: 7 Use Cases Indoor positioning and indoor navigation: We show you 7 use cases from aviation, public transport, healthcare, tourism, industry, trade fair and retail. Read More Technologies for Server-Based Indoor Positioning Compared: Wi-Fi vs. BLE vs. UWB vs. RFID There is a variety of technologies on which server-based indoor positioning systems can be based – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Low Energy (Beacons), UWB and RFID. Read More Comments are closed.