What is indoor navigation?

Indoor Navigation – what is it and what possibilities do different indoor navigation approaches offer? This document is intended to give you a quick overview of the topic of indoor navigation (also known as “wayfinding”) without getting too much into the technical details. You can find further information and contact details on our Indoor Navigation product page.

Indoor Navigation means the flexible guidance of people in confusing, unknown buildings and building complexes. The user of an indoor navigation system gets his own location displayed on a map on his own smart device. After selecting a destination or a point of interest, a route to the selected destination is displayed on the map. The user’s position in and around the building is permanently updated by indoor positioning, so that the device always shows the current position on the route. Because the position is calculated on the user’s device, this is called client-side positioning. The so-called inertial sensors built into the Device as standard, for example the gyroscope (rotation sensor), are also used for positioning. The result is a turn-by-turn indoor navigation. Indoor GPS is often referred to in this context. In fact, Favendos wayfinding system can also detect which floor a user is on. A system based on GPS cannot do this.

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Indoor Navigation based on Signal Strenghts

What advantages do indoor positioning technologies offer?

By navigating comfortably to the desired point, Indoor Navigation helps to save the user time and nerves, regardless of the specific application.

Wayfinding systems or navigation apps are therefore used at airports and railway stations, in hospitals and office buildings as well as in large shopping centres. Sports stadiums and multi-functional arenas also rely on indoor navigation. In the tourism sector, the cruise provider MSC Cruises stands out, which with our help offers indoor navigation on its ships.

Using proximity functions, users can also be addressed at certain points via “push message” or certain content can be transmitted to them – for example about exhibitors, shop offers or information about the technical equipment of the building.

Wayfinding in an office building of Phoenix Contact based on Favendos Commander SDK and BLE-Beacon infrastructure.

What technology is behind Indoor Navigation?

The technical basis of wayfinding is a permanent localization of the user. For this purpose the building or infrastructure is equipped with a number of transmitters. The smartphone equipped with a corresponding app calculates its own position based on the signal strength of the transmitters. Favendo uses Bluetooth Low Energy transmitters, so-called beacons. The BLE technology is sufficiently accurate, very robust and comparatively inexpensive.

With beacons, an accuracy of at least three to five meters can be guaranteed. In most cases, however, a much more accurate positioning of up to one meter is achieved. The accuracy depends strongly on the architectural conditions (building material, height and size of the installations, etc.) and the experience of the beacon planners. We achieve the highest accuracy even in environments made entirely of steel.


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