Meridian Release SDKs for Indoor Navigation and Location

Meridian Release SDKs for Indoor Navigation and Location
Indoor location services provider Meridian today announced the availability of two software developments kits (SDKs) allowing third party developers to use Meridian’s indoor navigation software or Meridian indoor location technology in their apps.

These SDKs, called NavKit (for indoor maps and navigation) and BluDotKit (for indoor location) have been privately beta-tested by U.S. retailer Macy’s (“Herald Square” store in New York City), the Miami Children’s Hospital and Sydney airport in Australia.

BluDotKit “achieves indoor positioning across operating systems through a patent-pending approach to utilizing location information provided by a venue’s wifi hardware.“

In utilizing the network the system is completely hardware agnostic and can run on iPhone as well as on Android. Meridian is clearly using a technology very similar to Navizon (read more here), the only way to override Apple's closed “location core.“ This type of approach - where the network assigns a unique identifier to each Wi-Fi enabled device and track them meter by meter - is however not very privacy friendly.

Thursday, November 8th 2012

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