INDOOR LOCATION SERVICES
Indoor positioning systems (IPS) use sensors and communication technologies to locate objects in indoor environments. IPS can be used to locate people or objects inside buildings, typically via a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet. Although the technology is newer than GPS, services that leverage IPS are quickly gaining traction in places like shopping malls, hospitals, airports, and other indoor venues where navigation and other real-time location services.
IPS technology leverage the internal sensors in smartphones to calculate the device’s indoor position using mathematical algorithms. By combining the incoming data from these sensors in a clever way, a very accurate position can be calculated, with little to no latency, resulting in a smooth user experience.
For the best user experience – one that is both accurate and fast, IPS typically relies on three distinct elements: the underlying dynamic positioning system platform, the beacons that broadcast signals that are picked up by the smartphone and then fed to the positioning system, and the apps built on top of the positioning system that adds value and makes the systems indispensable to users.