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Significance of Indoor Location Systems in Our Daily Lives

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Significance of Indoor Location Systems in Our Daily Lives

Before Google maps, people used to travel with actual maps to find their way outs. But nowadays, it is challenging to imagine our life and daily traveling without any assistance from Google Maps that use a satellite-based Global Positioning System (GPS) to provide an accurate position outdoor.

However, GPS & satellite technologies lack precision or miserably fail the moment you enter underground parking, a shopping mall, or an airport because there isn’t any visual contact with the satellites due to the walls and roof of the building. The same thing happens in cities with high-rise buildings, such as New York. These buildings shield the view to the sky such that only a few satellites are directly able to send signals without any hindrance. These buildings reflect GPS signals, which, in turn, causes signal delays, and thus, the GPS chip incorrectly calculates the position.

To solve this problem, Indoor Positioning is gaining immense popularity worldwide. Indoor location systems provide accurate location of people & objects in a building. A large variety of devices can be used for these systems, such as smartphones, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth antennas or dedicatedly & strategically placed signal-emitting devices.

The Global Indoor Location Market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of around 38% during the forecast period, i.e., 2021-26, says MarkNtel Advisors.

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Real-Life Applications of Indoor Location Systems 

Indoor positioning can be well-used for several location-based services. Some of its real-life applications are:


  • Step-by-Step Routing- It is when an indoor location combines with maps. It can be installed in supermarkets to guide shoppers straight to the product they are looking for. Besides, it can also be used in hospitals where patients can be navigated to the right facilities, or at the airport, movie theaters, etc., to help people quickly hit the spot they want to be at.
  • Museum Tours- Where smartphones can provide information based on your location
  • Location-based advertising- Indoor location applications can also be used for promoting a business by giving product information on your smartphones. Let’s say you are passing by a coffee shop at the airport; indoor location applications can send you notifications about a discount on your favorite coffee.

 Top Technologies used with Indoor Positioning Systems

Indoor positioning systems rely on some localization approaches that can be either client-based or server-based. The following are a few technologies that can be used for indoor positioning:


  • Wi-Fi- Wi-Fi-based indoor location systems are used majorly for delivering precise and effective location services owing to a wide range of signal transmission, low cost, and high applicability. 
  • Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons- Beacons are small radio transmitters that transmits signals using Bluetooth low energy in a radius of up to 70 meters. These signals can be detected by the specific receiver hardware. Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and have higher accuracy compared to Wi-Fi.
  • Ultra-Wide Bands- Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) is a short-range technology, primarily used for industrial applications with high precision needs. Due to the usage of the extremely wide frequency band, there is no interference. UWB is one of the most preferred technologies when it comes to tracking the modest number of assets in industrial areas.

Final Words

Indoor location systems enable better orientation in complex buildings and allow new applications to emerge in the field of geo-based services and location-based marketing. These systems can significantly benefit businesses, organizations, and the people who need them most. Rapid advancements in smartphones that can handle Location-Based Services (LBS) and the expansion of beacon technology & public Wi-Fi shall make indoor location systems more standardized in the coming years.

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