How Does Indoor Positioning Technology Work?

Applied Tech Review | Thursday, April 28, 2022

Indoor positioning technology has evolved dramatically, from classical compasses to smartphone GPS.

Fremont, CA: Indoor navigation technology has evolved dramatically, from classical compasses to smartphone GPS. Location tracking has grown so common that it's difficult to picture human lives without it. Outdoor navigation with GPS technology has become an indispensable element of people's everyday routine. According to research by Market Watch, by 2023, the GPS Tracking Device market will be valued at USD 2.89 billion.

As valuable as they are for outdoor tracking, GPS devices have historically failed to work indoors. This involves the use of indoor location technologies, such as indoor GPS to help one find interior areas.

How indoor positioning technology works?

Indoor navigation is a concept that refers to using an IPS to navigate your way around a facility (indoor positioning system). An IPS is a network of gadgets that assist people in finding their way about inside facilities, including airports, parking garages, subway stations, schools, hospitals, resorts, and retail malls. Indoor navigation is accomplished using a variety of methods, techniques, and equipment, such as Bluetooth beacon indoor positioning technology and Acoustic indoor positioning system technology, all of which are based on mobile smartphones. Smartphones today include technology such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, digital cameras, and clocks, which can help broadcast information to beacons strategically placed throughout a specific geographic area.

Indoor positioning technology is a broad word that can be applied to practically any industry, including commercial, military, retail, and inventory tracking. There are no standard indoor navigation platforms, despite the fact that there are various commercial systems on the market (yet). Instead, an indoor navigation platform is customized to the customer's geographic dimensions, accuracy requirements, and financial constraints.

Different indoor technologies are used by IPSs, including distance measuring to adjacent fixed anchors such as Wi-Fi routers or Bluetooth beacons, magnetic location, and dead reckoning. They can either actively locate a mobile device or give ambient location or context for an iOS or Android smartphone to sense.

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