Indoor Positioning Systems - Basics

Indoor positioning systems (IPS) enable you to locate the position of objects, people and animals within buildings. Since GPS is unreliable in interior spaces because there is no visual contact with the GPS satellites, an IPS (indoor positioning system) must use other positioning methods. In most cases, this includes WiFi or Bluetooth beacons in combination with the internal sensors of a smartphone. The first and most important step in the implementation of indoor positioning systems is the selection of the indoor positioning method and technology.

Indoor Positioning without GPS - which Method is the Right One?

1. Indoor positioning Via Client

Indoor positioning via client
Indoor positioning via client means that the position is determined directly via the end user device ("client" - usually a smartphone). This method requires an app. It is most often used for indoor navigation projects and wherever you need to communicate with the user.
  • WiFi indoor positioning technology
  • The signal strengths of available WiFi networks are analyzed and provide positioning that is accurate to 5-15 meters. Apple devices are excluded in this case.
    Learn more about indoor positioning with WiFi.
  • (Bluetooth) beacons indoor positioning technology
  • The small, usually battery-operated, Bluetooth radio transmitter emits signals that the app uses to calculate a position that is accurate to 1-3 meters. Works with all operating systems.
    Learn more about indoor positioning with Bluetooth beacons.




2. Indoor positioning Via Server

Indoor positioning via server
Indoor positioning via server means that the position is determined via a server (cloud server provided by infsoft). This method does not require an app and communication with the user is not possible. Indoor positioning via server is frequently used for tracking objects and people, or when visitor and route analyses need to be generated.
  • infsoft Locator Nodes indoor positioning technology
  • infsoft Locator Nodes are hardware developed by infsoft whose firmware can detect all WiFi-capable end user devices and Bluetooth Low Energy beacons.
    Learn more about indoor positioning with infsoft Locator Nodes.
  • infsoft Locator Tags indoor positioning technology
  • infsoft Locator Tags are quite similar to infsoft Locator Nodes, but they are more flexible and perfectly suitable for tracking a few objects in large areas.
    Learn more about indoor positioning with infsoft Locator Tags.
  • Indoor positioning technology from third-party providers
  • If you are already using a system from a third-party provider such as Cisco, Xirrus or Aruba, then infsoft can set up interfaces for indoor positioning.



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