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Examples of how indoor navigation technology can benefit the end user

Indoor Mapping - Animation Prototype by Samuel Atmore

Travelling has never been easier. We make use of GPS to take us to places we’ve never visited before and it has finally become impossible for us to lose our way and stay lost. Technology has made sure that we can find our way back, in case we need to.

With the invention of the GPS, finding unknown destinations became easy. GPS was a book to all those people who had a bad sense of direction or people who just weren’t good with routes.

But what if you get lost inside a college? Isn’t it still difficult to locate stores in shopping malls or find the aisles in a store?

It’s not anymore. With the growth of indoor technology pioneered by giants like Google or smaller guys like JibeStream, our smartphones are going to become even more important in our daily lives.

Indoor mapping technology is an extension to the existing navigation feature that allows you to navigate through buildings. Smartphone users can now view floor plans and aisle details on their phones and finding the right department block in a huge college campus or the right shop in an enormous shopping mall has never been easier.

Indoor mapping is advantageous to a variety of people. From college students to patients in a hospital to retail shoppers, indoor mapping benefits everyone. People who visit a government building with many floors need not ask others for direction and trouble them, instead, one look at their smartphone will tell them where the department they are looking for is. There are also new apps emerging, which consider escalators, elevators and stairs and tell the user the shortest or most comfortable route to his destination within the building.

Indoor mapping is not only useful to customers, but also to the staff working in a building. Though these people may be well versed with the location of every shop or room in the building, it is still useful to navigate them in times of emergencies.

Some scenarios are as follows:

Indoor Navigation allows people to move through airports, shopping malls, hospitals, government buildings, etc easily. It has been successfully implemented in an airport in Flugfahen in Germany. Tourists and foreigners find it extremely easy and less stressful to find their way through the complex, maze-like structures of these buildings.

We rely on our smartphones for everything. Relying on them to navigate indoors or within a building seems like the next big thing to happen. Indoor navigation will revolutionize the way we move, just like how GPS did a few years ago.

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