Saturday, October 22, 2011

IndoorLBS to speak at Navteq's Silicon Valley LBS Developer Day: Focus on the Indoor

Tristian Lacroix of IndoorLBS will kick off the Oct 27 event and get everyone excited about the the great indoors – the new frontier in mapping and navigation. Tristian will provide insights into the growth and the opportunity for programs such as advertising, affinity, asset and inventory management, and loyalty inside malls, retail stores, and airports.

Plug and Play Tech CenterSony EricssonSprint
This event will be filled with informative panels, speakers, and demos from leaders such as Cisco, Qualcomm, NAVTEQ, Sprint, Sony Ericsson, ESRI, and others. Learn about this growing opportunity as consumers and businesses embrace a holistic experience to navigate and explore interior spaces.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Frankfurt Airport Wayfinding App

Frankfurt Airport launched an interactive guide app for users to navigate inside the airport. Since August, more than 50,000 iPhone users have downloaded it, and 3,000 passengers use it on a daily basis. The app also features shops info, restaurants, and airport services. There is also a feature that recommends where to park your car. There is no real-time location service inside the app. That is, users have to manually figure out where they are and follow the "signage" inside the app. Can smartphone apps replace permanent airport signage

Can smartphone apps replace permanent airport signage, Indoor geolocation

Ericsson Indoor Maps and Positioning Platform

Ericsson Labs' Indoor Maps and Positioning platform gives developers tools to create their own indoor maps and enable their own positioning.

The complete system incudes:
· Map Studio
· Android Map API
· Android Wi-Fi Positioning APIWith the Map Studio, you can createand design your own Indoor Maps

The MapStudio enables you to create and design your own indoor maps and with the Android
Map API, you can integrate those maps in your own application. You canalso let your application users position themselves via Wi-Fi using the IndoorPositioning API, great for helping to guide people in busy airports, university campuses or large conference centers. The tools to create Indoor Maps include the Map Editor; you can draw your Map, and with the Style Editor, you cancreate design templates for your Maps. These Maps and Styles are then stored asXML-files on our server.Using the Android Map API, you can integrate the Maps intoyour Android application. The Map API gives you functions for rendering,interacting with and managing the Map.

With the Indoor
Positioning API, you can provide yourapplication users with Wi-Fi positioning. You download the Wi-Fi Mapping Clientand with that, you upload the information and the position of your Wi-Fi accesspoints. Then, when you want to position a user, the application will scan the surrounding Wi-Fi access points and send all of that data to Ericsson Labsservice via the API and it will get a Indoor Position back.

Google Maps adds NFC support

The updated Google Maps apps requests access to a new permission called, "Control NFC," which “Allows an application to communicate with Near Field Communication (NFC) tags, cards, and readers. The Galaxy Nexus and Beam will be able to share Google Maps information via NFC, that is, when your phone gets Beam or some other NFC type of app that can utilize this permission. Beam is a new feature in Ice Cream Sandwich that allows you to share information between phonesby simply placing the phones together and taping on the screen. This sharing of information is possible thanks to NFC.
This is a nice synergy and alignment with Google Offers. Google and some of its retail partners have rolled out an updated experience to Google Wallet payment-by-phone system that now includes coupons and rewards points, which can all be redeemed with a single tap of the user's NFC-enabled smartphone. In the "Offers" tab in the Google Wallet app, there are deals exclusive to users of the wireless payment service, and whenever a user scans his Google Wallet wireless device, these deals are automatically activated whether or not he's actually checked them out in the tab.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Apple added aGPS and GLONASs to iPhone 4s

Apple iPhone 4S offers assited GPS and GLONASS support. Note that only the tech specs page on the U.S. site has been updated to mention GLONASS capabilities, with the corresponding page in other iPhone 4S launch countries still listing only Assisted GPS as the device’s satellite location service.

From the specs page under GPS technical

Assisted GPS and GLONASS
Digital compass

Monday, October 17, 2011

aisle411 Indoor Navigation SDK

aisle411 launched a mobile retail navigation service API and SDK for In-Store navigation for retailers and app developers. The company gets product info from stores and converts them to be visible in its indoor store and product mapping app. Retailers can then leverage the in-store navigation API and SDK that can be embedded into their branded mobile application and share in ad dollars from brands, while driving bigger, more profitable baskets.With the app, users can instantly locate products in stores down to the specific section of the aisle, manage shopping lists and share experiences with friends via social media integration.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

BMW Micro Navigation and Indoor Location

Current navigation systems don’t allow to reserve a parking space, or tell which highway lane will provide the most expedient means of getting from point A to point B. BMW’s latest innovation changes that.
Called microNavigation, BMW’s system provides lane guidance, i.e., the most efficient route possible, down to the level of choosing the best lane to use. The microNavigation uses a camera system to calculate which highway lane is moving with the best flow, advising the driver to change lanes when necessary. The system also allows you to book parking spaces in advance. The navigation system then tells the driver where to park inside a parking garage. Once you’ve reached your parking spot, the system even remembers your location without satellite access, transmitting the data to your smartphone. The system uses micro-maps instead of GPS, and uses the car's forward facing camera to establish the driver's positioning and sensors determine the car's elevation. The microNavigation system is part of a suite of technology that BMW is callingConnectedDrive. It’s not on the market yet, but it will be soon.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Indoor Navigation GAB using Ekahau RTLS

The GAB app combines indoor navigation intelligence with real-time location information from Ekahau Real-Time Location System. The location accuracy in the Ekahau RTLS is very high, typically few feet (a couple of meters) indoors. The position is updated every few seconds. It guides you through to your destination inside a shopping mall in real-time, even including Virtual View type assistance in selected locations.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

iPhone 4s picks Bluetooth 4.0 over NFC for geo-location inside buildings

iPhone 4S comes with the new and improved Bluetooth 4.0 standard, making it the first smartphone to come with the new enhanced standard. The new iPhone feature which has similarities to NFC technology, was first sported in the MacBook Air and allows for much lower-energy communication between devices than previous versions.

This enables device makers to use the widely used standard in place of proprietary sensor technology.What Bluetooth 4.0 allows for is very close to NFC, and might actually be used by developers to do payments and much more. Unlike regular Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, the low-energy part of the 4.0 specification allows devices to communicate using almost no power. This is crucial to a whole array of new developments; It lets you cheaply add devices with geo-location capabilities and integrate it in the buildings to guide visitors.

Casio already uses the technology to allow watches to communicate with smartphones over a range of five meters (16 feet); making payments with your mobile is another possibility (overlapping on the territory of NFC).

While Bluetooth 4.0 is backward-compatible with previous versions, there are not many Bluetooth 4.0 devices out there to make use of the new technology yet. More BT 4.0 compatible products should be introduced towards the end of the year, with Apple's inclusion of the standard in its latest smartphone likely to encourage a much quicker uptake.