Indoor / Outdoor Localization – Examples of Use



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Indoor Positioning of Cars in a Car Showroom

Indoor Positioning of Cars in a Car Showroom

In a car showroom, indoor localization can help both sellers and customers to quickly find specific vehicles.


At a glance

client-based solution (smartphone app):

  • 2D/3D building maps
  • indoor navigation within the area
  • status information about the car

server-based solution:

  • navigation and filter function to the vehicle


Problem definition

The site of a used car centre covers approx. 50,000 square metres and exhibits around 500 to 1,000 vehicles - it is difficult to keep track of all vehicles and their current location at all times. Both sellers and customers have difficulty finding vehicles that meet certain criteria (motorization, mileage, etc.). In addition to an overview of the locations, process flows are also to be optimized and precisely documented in order to enable an efficient organization. In addition, the service life of individual cars is to be measured because a longer service life reduces the sales price.

Solution

In this application example we have three stakeholders who have different needs.

The operator
receives a web interface with numerous information about the technical details and at the same time has an overview of the location of the respective vehicle. In addition, the status of a vehicle can be tracked within the repair/maintenance process, enabling a more efficient organization of maintenance procedures. The service life of individual cars can also be measured.

Customers
can benefit from a navigation and filter function within an app. The search for the right vehicle can already begin at home: Selected models are saved in a watch list and can be inspected on site. Once at the used car center, the customer can use the app to display the route to the selected car.

Technical implementation

Indoor Positioning of Cars in a Car Showroom

In all vehicles of the Used Car Centre there are BLE beacons that send signals to the LoRa/BLE tags on the walls/lamps. The LoRa/BLE tags receive the Bluetooth signals from the beacons and send the data packets to the infsoft LocAware platform®. Employees and customers can access the data and view the location of the vehicle on a map via an app or web interface.
The advantage of using LoRaWAN for data transfer is the problem-free and above all wireless installation of LoRa/BLE Tags in the infrastructure. There is no need for a power supply or individual connection via Ethernet or Wi-Fi. The hardware is battery-powered (> 1 year) and has a long range. Since no real-time information is required, LoRa's typical latency times of 30 seconds to 5 minutes are no problem.

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