What is Indoor Positioning Systems?

The easiest way to describe Indoor Positioning Systems (IPS) is that it’s like a GPS for indoor environments.

IPS can be used to locate people or objects inside buildings, typically via a mobile device such as a smart phone 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 location-based services (LBS) can prove to be indispensable.

How does it work?

IPS technology, like StepInside®, leverage the internal sensors in smartphones to calculate the device’s indoor position using complex 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 add value and make the systems indispensable to users.

Use Cases

Indoor Navigation Apps

Finding your way inside large building complexes such as shopping malls, airports, rail-stations, exhibition centres, universities, hospitals and office buildings can be a daunting challenge. With NaviBees advanced beacon technology and its application program on your smartphone, it is easy to find your way around.

our application allows facility managers to understand people’s movements and the ways in which buildings are being utilized, thereby helping to improve space-usage, perform location-based targeted marketing campaigns and get unique insights with advanced business analytics tools.