Mobile World Congress 2018 Exhibits the Latest Trends in Indoor Localization

The second trend is infrastructure-free localization. Most indoor localization solutions require installation of dedicated locators or beacons, which provide radio signals used in locating devices or tags moving around. But there are tremendous advantages to a solution’s being infrastructure-free, meaning that it can operate without any additional infrastructure. This enables much easier installation, and in some cases enables a device to localize itself universally, at any location, without involvement of specific sites

If you want to see infrastructure-free localization in action, your first stops should be Navenio, GipsTech, Navin and Situm. Navenio, has been developing indoor localization solutions for years, achieving several meter accuracy with no infrastructure deployment. GipsTech similarly uses no deployed infrastructure, only motion sensing and magnetic field measurements, to achieve a striking 2m accuracy as measured in a 2017 testbed. Navin is using their infrastructure-free technology to power a crowdsourcing network, to deliver localization without any site preparation. Situm uses both motion sensing and signals of opportunity to deliver localization for apps with minimal setup.

See below a video of GipsTech’s performance at a 2017 testbed at Geo IoT World:

See also below a video of Situm’s solution at last year’s MWC:

Sunday, February 25th 2018
Bruce Krulwich, Grizzly Analytics

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