What Exactly Are Indoor Positioning Systems?

Dale Flash 2016-12-18 21:00:00

Indoor Positioning Systems, or IPS, is like a GPS for indoor locations. You can use it to find objects or people inside of buildings, usually through a mobile device. Services that use IPS are gaining popularity in places like airports, hospitals, shopping malls, and other indoor venues where they are most useful.


Why IPS is Important

GPS isn’t usually functional indoors, and most people spend a large majority of their time inside. The huge growth in the size of indoor spaces and the amount of time spent there means people are finding it hard to navigate inside without GPS. An increasing number of venue owners are starting to invest in tech that will help improve indoor navigation for patrons, employees, and visitors. You can learn more about the differences between GPS and IPS at Scientific American.


How it Works

IPS technology uses the internal sensors in smartphones to determine the device’s position indoors using math algorithms. It uses the data from those sensors and can accurately calculate the position of the user, with little or no latency.

There are different technologies that are being used to help users get the “Blue Dot” indoors.

IPS usually relies on the beacons that broadcast signals that a smartphone pick up and then feed to the positioning system, the underlying dynamic positioning system, and the apps that are built on top of the positioning system. These systems may use Bluetooth beacons, WiFi networks, Geomagnetic navigation, and inertial measurements. Each has its pros and cons and each business must decide which technology to use based on the different factors associated with the venue.


Jibestream’s SDK

The Indoor Mapping Software and Navigation SDK gives developers a great set of navigation and mapping tools, which allows them to add indoor navigation to apps. Developers can use the map management tools to customize themes and colours to match brands, offer dynamic content, and more. The routing engine figures out the best path for a user to follow to get to his or her destination. It also controls how a path is animated and how floor transitions are displayed.

Users can use the search engine to find pretty much anything indoors. The SDK allows for search by category and keyword, enabling intelligent search, across external data sources or within the CMS.

The SDK will automatically provide intuitive text directions to add to the “blue dot” experience using landmark-based navigation. User-friendliness is of utmost importance here. As mentioned above, the Jibestream

As mentioned, the SDK uses WiFi, BLE beacons, magnetic, and even tech not yet in use to access location services.

In the first quarter of 2016, Jibestream reported over 250 percent growth, with navigation and way finding to more than 200 first-class shopping malls. Since then the company has continually added clients and is expanding globally. Partners and clients can use their powerful indoor mapping engine to enable indoor way finding across interactive kiosks, mobile apps, and the web.

The mapping engine works perfectly with a series of partners and technology to offer wold-class experiences in practically any industry imaginable. This makes the platform the most scalable and robust available today.


About Jibestream

The people at Jibestream are known for their commitment to innovation and their goal to simplify complex indoor spaces. Tier 1 organizations go with Jibestream’s platform and SDK in order to improve user experiences and business processes by connecting new or existing apps to location awareness, which is accessible across a broad range of smart devices.


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