If you’ve ever installed an app on your smartphone that uses GPS technology, then you already know that the app can only get you to the door of where you want to go. After that, the app becomes nearly useless. This is when indoor navigation saves the day. By generating indoor maps, you never have to worry about getting lost inside a building. However, the benefits of using GPS for indoors go well beyond that.
📋 Tracking Employees, Merchandise and More
One of the biggest benefits of indoor localization is how it can help companies keep track of both employees and goods. When working in a large building, it can be hard for employers to keep up with all of their employees. Indoor GPS systems allow for this in real time. This makes it easy to determine whether of not employees are where they should or shouldn’t be.
Indoor GPS navigation can also be used to track products or customers in stores. Store owners can keep up with sections of their stores that are receiving the most foot traffic or know exactly how many customers are in their stores at any given time. The possibilities of this technology are nearly endless for businesses.
🏬 Indoor Mapping for Malls and Museums
When visiting a new mall or museum, it’s easy to get lost. Indoor navigation can make it easy for you to find your way around a building by pulling up an indoor map much like how your GPS pulls up a map of the street. This can make it easier to plan a trip when you visit a new building and even keep up with loved ones if you get separated.
🔧 Work in Progress
Many large corporations that provide detailed driving directions using GPS have started gathering data to make maps for buildings. Thousands are already mapped and can be accessed from smartphones. In most cases, the maps pull up automatically once you enter the building. The days of looking for a mall directory are slowly coming to an end. People will soon have portable maps of thousands of buildings right on their smart devices.
The technology is finally there to make indoor mapping as useful as people knew it could be. With the technology available today, these indoor maps can offer accurate readings up to 3 or 5 feet. Providing quick access on your phone, these maps may be used for hospitals, colleges and other places where it’s easy to get lost.