Modern Indoor Navigation Systems: Taking User Experience To Another Level Altogether
GPS was indeed a revolution in navigation systems all over the world when it first arrived in the international market. It makes navigation easier, comfortable and reliable.
There is no end to innovation, and the disadvantage of GPS not being able to locate through concrete walls paved the way for a new technology, not as a replacement to GPS, but an addition to it. The Indoor Positioning system – a budding technology aimed at making indoor navigation possible, has gained much popularity recently.
This has indeed added a new dimension to the existing navigation technologies and has managed to grab the attention of techgiants all over the globe. Numerous companies have come up with these systems working on various platforms.
How Does It Work?
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are the two most used technologies in the Indoor Navigation Systems. Infra-red is less popular as compared to the former two due to lesser range .
With Wi-Fi, the accuracy of the systems ranges from 5 to 15 metres. While installing a Wi-Fi based positioning system, the biggest advantage is that we can use the already existing routers. It saves a lot of time and money. Locations are tracked with the help of Wi-Fi signals and displayed on our smartphones. Wi-Fi offers a large range of navigation, ranging up to 150 metres, and floor levels can also be detected.
The use of Bluetooth in indoor positioning enhances its accuracy and boosts efficiency. It requires the installation of Bluetooth Beacons everywhere in the campus and provides with accuracy up to 1 meter. Beacons use less power and can be designed to function on batteries as well. Transmission of Bluetooth signals is done in a radius of 10-30 meters.
Jibestream, one of the most renowned mapping engine- offers software development kits for developers which allow the developers to work on their own ideas. Moreover, it gives them a chance to enhance the systems. Our smartphone has a big role to play as the app present in our smartphone enables us to find locations. Moreover, the proximity sensor, gyroscope, compass, etc. present in our smartphone adds up to the accuracy and efficiency of indoor positioning.
Applications: ‘Where to Utilize?’
There are numerous cases where indoor navigation can be helpful. From finding our car in a parking lot to getting the precise location of our hotel room, IPS can prove to be a highly beneficial system for the users.
- Work, Work, Work:
In a huge workshop, where machines are present in large numbers, people suffer from a lot of problems in finding the right machine at the right time. An IPS enables all the people to get precise locations of all the machines, making their work easy.
- Saving Us from getting Bamboozled!
Getting through the unmatched level of confusion when you enter a mall or a giant shopping complex is indeed a tough ask. Where to go? What to buy? In such situations, Indoor positioning comes to the rescue. It gives you an idea of all shops and stores available in a particular area, thus making the choice easy for us.
- Medical Emergencies:
While in a hospital, getting to a patient’s ward or a medical shop is made easier by IPS. In emergency cases where people struggle to find certain Doctor’s chamber in a big hospital, IPS allows you to locate through all the sections, allowing you to find the right doctor at the right time.
“Making life easier” has been the purpose of technology, and Indoor Positioning System is another step in that direction. It has created new possibilities for some ‘yet-to-come’ innovations. And yes, ‘there is no end to innovation’.