Indoor Location's Upcoming SLAM Dunk

Bruce Krulwich
Bruce Krulwich
Bottom line, mobile SLAM systems present a vision of the future, in which phones can do indoor location positioning anywhere. For sites that have not yet been learned, the phones would use SLAM to learn them. For sites that have been learned already, simple fingerprint matching can be used for location positioning. Suppose, for example, that mobile SLAM was running on all iPhones. With the huge number of iPhones otu there, how long would it take before all popular indoor sites had been fingerprinted and could support indoor location positioning? The same would be true if any popular smartphone brand or application was SLAM-enabled.

Some mobile SLAM systems have a more modest goal: enabling sites to deploy indoor location systems with a fraction of the setup time and effort. Instead of laboriously carrying out the manual fingerprinting process, which can take days for some big sites, the site owners simply need to walk around the site for a while carrying SLAM-enabled phones. The SLAM system would take care of all the fingerprinting, much more easily than using today's manual process.

Whether it comes to market in a universal manner or by making site-specific systems easier to deploy, SLAM has the power to revolutionize the indoor location market. Who will get the SLAM dunk first?

About the author
Bruce Krulwich is the founder and Chief Analyst of Grizzly Analytics, a technology analysis and strategy company focused on technologies still in R&D. Bruce uses his background in technology research and innovation to analyze technologies for differentiation, application and implications.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed herein are the personal opinions of the author and are not necessarily those of GPS Business News.

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Tuesday, November 11th 2014
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