Indoor positioning is a system dedicated to locating the exact whereabouts of people or objects in real-time.
Due to its effectiveness, indoor positioning systems are becoming more common in public places such as campuses, train stations, airports and hospitals.
Here is how indoor positioning technologies work and why they are so useful.
How Does Indoor Positioning Work?
Unlike outdoor navigation, indoor positioning requires a completely different type of technology to work. Outdoor navigation is a common part of people’s lives with the use of google maps. Outdoor positioning systems have been around for a while because there are limited obstructions from open space.
In contrast, indoor positioning systems have only taken off recently because of various line-of-sight obstructions from building walls and other obstacles. Therefore, GPS signals were previously not strong enough to achieve clear positioning images without being poor quality.
Examples Of Indoor Positioning
Technology is taking over the traditional office where companies are aiming to create a more responsive work environment with features like hotdesking and activity-based working. Not to mention, making it easier for employees to find available spaces to work.
Indoor positioning aids collaboration in the office by allowing colleagues to know the whereabouts of each other and create a greater sense of belonging.
Those in positions of authority are also able to experience a better level of awareness about everything happening in their indoor environment. This includes being able to monitor any unprofessional or wasteful behaviour.
Hospitals and health centres can be challenging places to navigate. Much of the staff’s time is dedicated to showing people where to go. Besides, helping disabled people locate nearby wheelchairs or other equipment. As a result, this reduces productivity in the venue and steers time away from more important duties such as looking after patients.
Indoor positioning or indoor mapping systems solve this problem by providing digital navigation to anyone who enters the premises. Through mobile wayfinding, individuals can find the treatment room they are looking for without asking for guidance from busy staff.
In addition, indoor positioning systems can help those who work at the hospital too, by helping them find specific clinical items which would otherwise be difficult to locate.