Airports Sharing Indoor Positioning With On-Site Operators

Silvia Pichler, 

Airports can now distribute real-time Indoor Positioning that allows for a wide range of application use cases.

Shareable Indoor Positioning at airports

In the face of digitalization, and the significant increase in air travel, airports are looking for new ways to deal with the resulting challenges. This has manifested in them investing in advanced technologies that provide viable solutions which make the airport experience for passengers and on-site service providers as comfortable and smooth as possible.


Indoor Positioning solutions have come to be widely adopted in various areas. The transport and aviation industry have been among the early adopters, where mobile passenger navigation has definitely left its mark, enhancing the journey through the airport.


Now, airports can establish an Indoor Positioning framework that allows all on-site operators to leverage it for their own business. This  helps them increase their individual workflow efficiencies and customer satisfaction. The solution that makes this possible is the Location Based Engine (LBE).


LBE: SDK-Free Indoor Positioning

LBE is a tool that allows for the integration of Indoor Positioning into multiple mobile apps from one central gateway. Using the LBE, airports are able to provide airlines and other on-airport services directly with Indoor Positioning.


Seamless knowledge transfer and a smooth takeover over LBE by the airports is ensured through in-depth developer training by


Usually, enabling Indoor Positioning and Navigation solutions is only feasible by integrating SDKs into an existing mobile app. In this case, should multiple airlines and other airport service providers wish to include Indoor Positioning solutions into their apps, integrating all SDKs individually would equal an immense workload and expenditure of time.


What makes this Indoor Positioning solution stand out, is that it works with a simple API call instead of an SDK integration. This approach considerably shortens the implementation process, thus lowers the barriers to adopting an Indoor Positioning system and makes it more easily available for all on-airport service providers.


Potential Airport Use Cases

The other unique aspect of this solution package is that the airport itself is the single contact point to apply these solutions. Airlines, cleaning, wheelchair or security services a.o. can integrate it into their systems and leverage it to suit their needs.


The scenarios in which Indoor Positioning, Navigation, Asset Tracking or Analytics can come in handy are numerous. Many of them are designed to make internal workflows more efficient and like this improve the overall airport operations and experience.


Airlines are able to guide their passengers with Indoor Navigation to the right gate on time. This not only provides passengers with another level of security and comfort, but also helps avoid delays and therefore save costs.


More still, adding a voice-over functionality enables visually impaired and blind travelers to navigate independently. An audio guide informs users about points of interest in their close vicinity and vocally leads them anywhere they want.

Read more about Visually Impaired Navigation at SFO


Wheelchair services can use Indoor Asset Tracking to monitor individual items as well as their personnel. This helps them prevent theft and mislocation of their fleet as well as better manage staff and task assignments.

Read more about Wheelchair Tracking at airports


These are just some examples of many more use cases how location based solutions can be leveraged at an airport. Read more about Indoor Positioning use cases at airports


With the deployment of the LBE, airports are paving the way for innovative solutions resulting in enhanced operations performance.