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It’s still really awe-inducing when we think about how navigation has been made easier using Maps. And now, with the emerging indoor navigation systems, there is literally no chance for even a person who’s very bad with directions to lose his way.
Indoor navigation systems use state-of-the-art technologies and algorithms to provide accurate directions within buildings. Since the area that is mapped is comparatively smaller than outdoor, it has to be much more accurate in order to function properly and be successful.
So, how is this done?
Indoor Navigation uses beacons which are placed in multiple places within a building, according to a decided perimeter range between the beacons. A beacon is a radio transmitter that can emit signals and connect to the Internet. These signals can be received by Bluetooth enabled smart phones or smart devices when they come within the range of the beacon.
The signal that the beacon sends has a unique ID which is programmed by the application to show the name of the building, the particular floor as well as the shop or room’s name. The signal also contains the information about the beacon that is closest to it or within a specified range.
Using a beacon serves a lot of advantages. Since the signal in the beacon can be programmed by the application, shop owners can decide what purpose a beacon has to serve. The app can include a program that sends information about sales to a prospective customer and tempt the customer to enter the store. This helps the shop owners to market their products better and attract more customers.
So, how feasible are these beacons? Since they are small in size, they can be easily fit everywhere and do not consume a lot of store space. Also, they are very simple devices that can run either on batteries or power and can include different types of sensors according to the needs of the customer.
Beacons are also cost-effective and indoor navigation can be achieved with a reasonable cost, thanks to these beacons. Also, they are easy to fit and can be installed easily. This reduces the cost of labor required to install the devices. They are also energy efficient and do not consume energy.
Accuracy is something that indoor navigation technology strives to achieve and beacons provide accurate results up to a range of about 30 meters. The beacons are placed at a well-planned distance so that they cover the entire area of the building.
Airports, shopping malls, hospitals and any other large buildings can benefit from the use of these beacons to provide indoor navigation facilities. Finding the multiple gates in an airport or the cash counter in a large supermarket will no longer be difficult, thanks to the ever-upgrading technology.