Indoor Positioning System

Introduction

An indoor positioning system (IPS) is a network of devices used to wirelessly locate objects or people inside a building. AplombTech BD IPS is an embedded solution to Indoor Positioning System which offers not only an embedded low cost energy efficient hardware but also smart phone app for indoor positioning. You do not need to install any expensive hardware in your infrastructure in either case. AplombTech BD IPS embedded hardware is an effortless multi-device solution for indoor positioning and marketing based on a unique blend of positioning technologies. It is suitable for shopping malls, parking garages, museums, hospitals, and tourist sites, to name a few.

Key Features

  • AplombTech BD IPS helps passengers navigate terminals and access useful information.
  • AplombTech BD IPS deals two critical museum challenges - indoor navigation & enriched contents.
  • Finding your way right in case of an emergency around a hospital could be life saving.
  • Knowing a customer's in-store location allows for relevant & timely offers.

Technology

To minimize deployment and infrastructure costs, we wish to develop a wearable location system that can position itself absolutely within a complex structure. And to do so the technologies we used includes Fingerprinting, Bluetooth.

Applications

Anyone who has ever gotten lost inside a Las Vegas casino looking for the exit will be able to identify with this one. Another option might be showing people the fastest way out of a burning building using indoor positioning to guide them.

Indoor location

Finding your way in case of an emergency around a hospital could be life saving when you have AplombTech BD IPS App in your hand. AplombTech BD IPS App allows shoppers to graphically navigate a shopping center, search mall store inventory and more.

AplombTech BD is leading the way of indoor positioning which is the next step in revolutionizing and monetizing the mobile experience. We are about scalable and precise indoor location. We are a team of passionate individuals with combined expertise in WiFi, networking and databases and impeccable academic credentials. We know what works, and what mistakes to avoid. We listen to our customers and come up with innovative solutions for their problems. We value teamwork and want to have fun solving the world's indoor location problems.

Over the years we have invested significant resources in provide the optimal indoor positioning system and portfolio of location based services to be tailored to multiple end-markets. Our mission is to enrich your mobile applications with easy-to-use location-based services which are practical, engaging, increase social activity as well as increase customer loyalty.

Our platform

Our platform is a complete application positioning platform that provides accurate indoor positioning together with the possibilities to collect and analyze the positioning data. Based on our proprietary algorithms we, deliver industry-leading accuracy on all levels. Using the AplombTech BD IPS platform, any location based services can be developed. AplombTech BD's advanced algorithms provide indoor navigation from your customer's current location to their destination, including travel time and distance. We provide seamless navigation both within buildings and from one building to another.

Our mission

Our mission is to provide indoor navigation solutions that guide visitors or customers conveniently to their destinations in office buildings, shopping centers or airports. Our goal is to present way finding instructions to the user in a cognitive adequate format such as 3D animations instead of 2D maps.

Making your environment suitable for visually impaired

Whenever a sighted person enters a room (especially large areas in large buildings), they instantly and almost subconsciously gather a collection of introductory information, much of which is non-transitory: Where are the exits? Obstacles? Walls? Elevators? etc. Visually impaired people have no such capability to survey each new environment. Now if you want to make your infrastructure friendly for visually impaired persons you can order our service. When the visually challenged user enters a building supported by IPS, the app downloads pertinent data directly from the server. The user can navigate through the building using the app's Voice output feature which will guide the user on its path and will also give various paths to choose from.

Modeling your indoor environment

Whether you want to visualize your building in 3D or implement location-based services, everything starts with a model. We continue to use a modeling toolkit that we have developed during the course of our research. It allows to represent multi-level indoor environments in a way that enables route finding and visualizations from various perspectives. The modeling process usually starts with architectural drawings, preferably as PDF documents. A mesh of polygons is used to represent the physical structure of the environment, like streets, places, buildings and rooms. Besides the geometrical model, the editor allows the symbolical annotation of the polygons and the possibility of edges, for example doors and windows. This information is necessary for the route finding algorithm. In order to support our indoor positioning engine, the editor allows to place RFID or infrared beacons within the model. We can also include landmark objects, shelves, and digital media signage.

Instrumenting your environment with positioning infrastructure

Knowing where you are and how to get from one place to another is a prerequisite for any activity. Whereas the global positioning system GPS fails in most indoor situations, our combination of fingerprinting and sensor fusion gives a good approximation of your position in any environment. We choose, install and model the necessary hardware items for you.

AplombTech BD Embedded Indoor Positioning Solution has the following features with their corresponding applications:

1. Location Based Services in Indoor Environments

Commercially highly relevant applications for the mass market are the so‐called Location‐Based Services (LBS) which make use of the geographical position to deliver context‐dependent information accessible with a mobile device. Such services are required indoors and outdoors. Some of examples of Indoor LBS are as follows:

  • Navigation Navigating inside large shopping malls, museums, airports, office buildings, college campuses, manufacturing plants, conference and convention venues.
  • Location sharing Sharing your location with family and friends at large, crowded locations, or meeting up after individual activities.
  • Shopping list routing Find specific aisle locations within stores for every item on your shopping list. Enter a search term to find location of any product.
  • Offers/Coupons Receive discount coupons and offers for products and services you care about located in close proximity.
  • Games Many mobile games could incorporate indoor location. Games like MyTown, Life is Crime, Tap City, Monopoly, and strategy games like Tower defense, Risk, Coalition Games, and other strategy games.
  • Advertising by location Targeted advertising based on precise location, time, and interests.

Further examples of LBS are proximity‐based notification, profile matching and the implementation of automated logon/logoff procedures in companies.

2. Comprehensive Positioning

The Indoor Positioning System can track any Bluetooth device registered in its database. As a synced Bluetooth device pairs and un-pairs at known locations, IPS records the time and date of its movements. By consulting the desktop interface, employee location records can easily be found and monitored. When IPS is coupled with the Alarm Control System (ACS), the solution can enable employees to quickly notify supervisors of emergencies by pressing a panic button on their mobile device. A message is then sent to the appropriate response team with the employee’s alarm notification type and his last known time-stamped location.

3. Lone Worker Protection

IPS can be used to create critical or safe areas. When an employee enters a designated critical zone, IPS automatically activates the Centralized Lone Worker (CLW) application to ensure his safety and wellbeing. To do so, CLW pings the employee every predetermined interval of time; the employee’s response in a timely manner confirms that he is alright. If the employee does not respond to CLW, an alarm message is then sent to the appropriate response individual or team for them to investigate the situation. Safe areas work in the opposite way, as CLW is automatically turned off when an employee enters a designated safe zone, for example the cafeteria or the offices.

4. Real Time Indoor Navigation for Visually Impaired

Blind or visually impaired people find it difficult to navigate independently in both outdoor and indoor environments. The outdoor navigation problem can be solved by using systems that have GPS support. But indoor navigation systems for the blind or visually impaired are still a challenge to conquer, given the requirements of low cost and user friendly operation. In order to enhance the perception of indoor and unfamiliar environments for the blind and visually-impaired, as well as to aid in their navigation through such environments, we propose a novel approach that provides context–aware navigation services.

5. Police and Firefighters

Indoor positioning capabilities provide important benefits in law enforcement, rescue services, and fire services i.e. location detection of firemen in a building on fire. The police benefits from several relevant applications, such as instantaneous detection of theft or burglary, detection of the location of police dogs trained to find explosives in a building, locating and recovery of stolen products for post‐incident investigations, crime scene recovery, statistics and training but also in the prevention of crime, e.g. with tagged devices for establishing so‐called geofenceing i.e. alarm systems which can detect whether a person or an asset has left a certain area unauthorized.

6. Logistics and Optimization

For the purpose of process optimization in complex systems, it is essential to have information about the location of assets and staff members. In a complex storage environment for example, it is important that requested goods are found quickly. Based on accurate localization, tracing of every single unit as well as movements of machinery, expensive inventory, assets, robots, vehicles, etc. becomes possible. Positioning for cargo management systems at airports, ports and for rail traffic affords unprecedented opportunities for increasing their efficiency.

7. Area Entrance Notification

With its logging details, IPS can be used to monitor the ins and outs at targeted entrance and exit points with data on time of entry and exit, the location by beacon, and the employee’s ID. IPS is a cost effective solution to monitor traffic in sensitive or restricted areas. IPS can also be coupled with the Alarm Control System (ACS) to trigger alarm notifications if employees or assets enter or leave certain zones. By doing so, alarm notification messages are automatically sent to specific individuals to inform them of the situation at hand.

8. Medical Care

In hospitals the location tracking of medical personnel in emergency situations has become increasingly important. Medical applications in hospital also include patient and equipment tracking, e.g. fall detection of patients. Precise positioning is required for robotic assistance during surgeries. Existing analytical devices can be replaced with more efficient surgical equipment.

9. Structural Health Monitoring

Sensors incorporated into steel reinforcements within concrete can perform strain measurements with high resolution. Strain sensing systems based on passive sensor‐integrated RFIDs can measure strain changes and deformation caused by loading and deterioration.

10. Construction Sites

Apart from surveying applications, large constructions sites require positioning capabilities that can support an information management system. The capability to localize and track workers is a crucial component to establish an automatic safety system.

11. Underground Construction

Special positioning requirements apply in dusty, dark, humid and space limited environments for tunneling and long wall mining.

12. Museums

There are several applications in museums, such as visitor tracking for surveillance and study of visitor behavior, location based user guiding and triggered context aware information services.

Hospital

Finding your way in case of an emergency around a hospital could be life saving when you have AplombTech BD IPS App in your hand.

Airport

Access to in-app flight info means no more crowding around monitors.

Museum

Rich content surrounding exhibits turns your smartphone into personal tour guides.

Shopping Mall

AplombTech BD IPS App allows shoppers to graphically navigate a shopping center, search mall store inventory, list available sales, and find the closest restroom.

University

AplombTech BD IPS App helps students, staff and visitors navigate the campus and access useful information.

Industry

Different alarms to be activated due to immobility, manual settings, positive security, stopover and loss of verticality.

Trade Fair

Info on trade fair booths, facilities, & food vendor locations reduces the need for physical signage.

Employee Tracking

The precise location on all maps of any employee related alarms both inside and outside buildings to reduce response time.

Imagine you are in a big store looking for something

  • You could have a map of the shopping mall to get to wherever you want. Or, perhaps You’re in an airport and you need to get to gate 72.
  • Your cellphone will be able to steer you to the right gate.

We just walk around your location with our calibration software, scanning the WiFi and FM signals to create digital fingerprints. In a matter of hours, your location is ready to support our indoor positioning solutions. Since AplombTech BD uses your existing WiFi system, you don't need to purchase any expensive custom hardware.

The key objectives of our solution are high accuracy, low power consumption, mobility, implementability, and usability as well as:

  • Indoor way finding in complex environments, for both customers and employees
  • Delivering highly-relevant, geo-targeted advertising and promotion
  • Understanding in-facility customer behavior
  • Improving the guest experience

What is Indoor Positioning?

An indoor positioning system (IPS) is a network of devices used to wirelessly locate objects or people inside a building.

Why Indoor Positioning?

Unfortunately, GPS systems require a clean view of the sky to contact GPS satellites and cannot be used inside a building. Moreover, people spend most of their time indoors as well as there is big market opportunity in indoor Location Based Services (LBS) are growing day by day.

What is AplombTech BD IPS?

AplombTech BD IPS is an embedded solution to Indoor Positioning System which offers not only an embedded low cost energy efficient hardware but also smart phone app for indoor positioning. You do not need to install any expensive hardware in your infrastructure in either case. AplombTech BD IPS embedded hardware is an effortless multi-device solution for indoor positioning and marketing based on a unique blend of positioning technologies. It is suitable for shopping malls, parking garages, museums, hospitals, and tourist sites, to name a few.