12 December Indoor Tracking of People and Objects – This Is How It Works 2 MIN READ December 12, 2015 By Gina Wurms positioning technology |indoor tracking|, |server based| 0 indoor tracking solutions, Indoor 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. Functionality of indoor location tracking Client based tracking means that the position of a person is detected on a mobile device (mostly a smartphone). An app calculates the position based on beacons or WiFi access points distributed in the room – the latter doesn’t work with iOS devices. When applying server based tracking, the people and objects you want to track are equipped with a Beacon (BLE) or a smartphone. This transmitter sends out its ID via Bluetooth Low Energy to small receivers which are distributed in the room. infsoft develops so-called “Locator Nodes”. They only have to be connected to the power supply and one of them needs internet connection. The detected IDs and field strengths are transmitted to a cloud server where they are converted into geographic coordinates. A user friendly web interface displays the devices in a digital map. It is also possible to process the data with other infsoft systems, for example in order to create anonymized motion profiles or heat maps. Learn more about client based and server based indoor positioning and our indoor tracking solutions. Use cases for indoor tracking Client based tracking is good if you want a back channel over which you can send coupons or information. The requirement is that all people who should be tracked have an up-to-date smartphone. Server based tracking is perfect for asset tracking. For example if you want to determine the position of goods and equipment. Geofencing can be used for theft protection. For server based tracking of people smartphone and app are not necessary. A discreet and cheap beacon in the jacket pocket combined with locator nodes is enough for positioning. Beacons can also help to find people inside a building in case of emergency. To make sure employees always have the receiver with them, it can be integrated into an ISO card. If you have questions concerning indoor tracking, please contact us. Get the white paper for free Great introduction to the topic of indoor positioning Download Related Articles Asset Tracking and Analytics: Hardware for Indoor Tracking Indoor Tracking, that is locating persons and objects inside buildings, is in high demand. There are multiple application scenarios. Read More 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 Using Bluetooth Indoor navigation & indoor positioning using Bluetooth - learn more about the pros & cons. Read More 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. 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 Comments are closed.