A Beginner’s Guide to Indoor Positioning

Silvia Pichler, 

What is Indoor Positioning?

Indoor Positioning, also known as “Indoor GPS”, allows you to locate yourself and navigate inside buildings using a mobile app. Knowing your real-time position on the digital map, in the form of a blue dot, makes it easy to orient yourself at unknown venues.


A routing functionality allows you to find your way to specific points of interest (shops, information desks, restrooms, etc.) by guiding you along a path. You can also select barrier-free routes.


How do I use Indoor Positioning?

Indoor Positioning can be useful in various kinds of settings. Starting with the retail industry, it has become a popular and valuable addition also in hospitals, at event venues, airports, train stations and in corporate environments.  


The software is available as an SDK and is integrated into existing mobile apps. Users are enabled to localize themselvs on the map and navigate the venue  with the same confidence as their home.


A special solution helps visually impaired people navigate independently. A voice assistant provides real-time information on the environment and how they can route to specific points of interest.


Besides Navigation, Indoor Positioning also generates data tha delivers valuable insights into visitor behavior. This anonymous data can be leveraged by venue owners or retailers to improve their layout, space utilization, marketing campaigns and much more.


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How do I start?

First and foremost, what you need is a clear vision and outline of your project. What are you trying to achieve with it? Who is involved? What’s the budget? Etc.


Once these points are clarified, you need to find solution providers for all components that an Indoor Positioning project encompasses. Read more on the components below.


Start out with a concrete plan and make sure everyone involved in the project is on the same page and always up to date on the latest progress.


For the Indoor Mapping and Positioning part, prepare a precise floorplan of your indoor venue, to ensure an accurate digital copy can be crafted.


Also, make sure you have permission from the venue owner to mount Beacons on the walls inside. This should be done at the very beginning, to avoid delays later on in the process.


If you don’t have any experience with Indoor Positioning, you will want experts to support you throughout the project. Get in touch with your solution provider and ask about professional services.


If you would rather take the DIY approach, we recommend you take a look at our documentation.


What do I need?

To get your Indoor Positioning and Navigation project up and running, you will need:

  • Someone to develop your mobile app
  • Indoor Mapping providers
  • Indoor Positioning solution providers
  • Beacon providers
  • Professional services to implement the system on site


Trying to find the best providers of all these components who work together well, is not an easy task. We provide an all-in-one solution, taking care of this selection process for you. All you have to do is get in touch with us.


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