Indoor Positioning for the Public Authority

Silvia Pichler, 
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Urbanization challenges and smart cities

The increasing urbanization is accompanied with new challenges. Especially areas like urban living, mobility, education, healthcare, security and social inclusion are affected and require special attention. By using intelligent Indoor Positioning technology, it’s possible to adjust these areas to contemporary needs and upgrade them to fit the latest technology standards.

The resulting changes that will define the way we interact with(in) buildings lead to the future and aspiration of each city- further development towards smart cities. The above mentioned areas will then be upgraded to smart living, smart mobility, smart education, smart healthcare, and so on.

 

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Shanghai 1990 and 2010 shows the scope of urbanization that has taken place

The idea of a smart city is to apply technology to all kinds of areas, supporting and making everyday life easier for people. An integral part of this smart city concept is to enable accurate Indoor Positioning and Navigation inside buildings. Not only to help visitors and employees navigate the venue, but also to retrieve important analytics insights and keep track of high value assets.

Technology-enhanced Public Sector

Facilities like hospitals or public offices are usually crowded and confusing and employees are overburdened. Schedules are tight and there’s no time to explain each individual how to get to the room they’re looking for. Visitors or patients need to be able to navigate these buildings on their own, without asking staff.

Indoor Positioning for smart cities

indoo.rs Indoor Navigation does just that, helping visitors find their way while simultaneously improving efficiency of workflows by enabling staff to focus on other, more important tasks.

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Public office employees don’t have time to explain directions to individuals due to massive crushes

In addition to that, indoo.rs provides a navigation solution for visually impaired and blind people. Nowadays, accessibility should be a matter of course and always considered by architects. However, accessibility already starts with navigation.

Blind people always depend on others when trying to find a specific point of interest indoors, which deprives them of their freedom to move around like sighted people do. The audio-supported indoo.rs solution changes that by making them aware of all facilities in their surroundings and smoothly guiding them from A to B, allowing them to navigate independently and with confidence.

In order to further optimize workflows in public offices, hospitals or other institutions, you can make use of indoo.rs Asset Tracking. This solution allows you to track high value inventory such as wheelchairs, to make it easier for staff to locate them when needed. According to studies, up to 25% of hospitals’ wheelchair fleets are stolen each year. Asset Tracking therefore helps save a lot of time and money looking for or even replacing them.

This solution can also be applied to personnel and makes particularly sense for safety and security teams, for instance at university campuses or other building complexes. In case of an incident, the security guards in closest vicinity can be assigned to the task, ensuring clear division of work. Other support professionals can be called to the exact spot by the guards in charge by sharing their location. Furthermore, should a guard depart from their usual patrol route, the system will instantly notice, allowing for the necessary measures to be taken.

Indoor Positioning solutions will be the key to the future of cities, turning them into technology-assisted smart cities, facilitating everyday life for all stakeholders.   

TLDR:

Growing urbanization has lead the government to react to the challenges arising from it. indoo.rs provides accurate Indoor Positioning solutions for several areas affected, e.g. for security, visually impaired mobility, public offices, transportation hubs and many more. They help master building mazes, reduce stress at workplaces, increase security and ROI.