Indoor Positioning Systems: types and Components

Applied Tech Review | Thursday, September 01, 2022

Indoor positioning systems are becoming common every day as their demand is growing, and various indoor positioning systems are suitable for multiple industries.

Fremont, CA: Indoor positioning systems are comprised of a network of interconnected devices that collaborate to provide location tracking services for people and assets that cannot be tracked using conventional technologies such as GPS or satellite. GPS and satellite systems for indoor positioning systems are hampered by their lack of accuracy and inability to transmit their signals to the required location.

When GPS and satellite positioning systems fail or do not give precise enough data, organizations will resort to indoor positioning systems to obtain insight into the movement of people and objects within the workplace.

Indoor location tracking technologies provide new potential for businesses seeking to make quicker and more informed decisions based on real-time information. Modern indoor monitoring systems enable organizations to improve the safety and productivity of their employees, equipment, and work areas. Indoor positioning devices benefit lone employees, roll call, pandemic workplace practices, logistics, and forklift operations.

Types of indoor positioning systems

For interior tracking, numerous technologies are employed, including multipurpose devices such as mobile phones, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth antennas, clocks, and digital cameras. Another indoor tracking is accomplished via relays and beacons of location data using lights, radio waves, magnetic fields, behavioral analytics, acoustic signals, and ultra wide-band frequencies. Each indoor tracking system technology has advantages and disadvantages in terms of cost, usability, adaptability, interference with other systems, ease of use, maintenance, precision, and accuracy.

Components of an indoor positioning system

Indoor positioning systems (IPS) determine the location of persons and objects primarily through the transmission and reception of various signals. Anchors are the most common name for devices capable of receiving location data, while location tags refer to devices that generate location data for people or things.

Each system has components that are specific to its method of position monitoring, as well as differing degrees of precision, cost, and viability under specific conditions.

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