It’s well-known that GPS stops working the moment you enter a store, mall or airport as satellites do not work indoors. The other solutions from larger players like Googles and Apples, and most others require Bluetooth iBeacons or Wi-Fi — all expensive options requiring investment in hardware.
Finland-based tech firm IndoorAtlas claims to have made an app with the same functionality as GPS in a simple smartphone using the earth’s magnetic field. It says its patented technology utilizes built-in magnetometers in smartphones to detect anomalies in the earth’s geomagnetic field to help users reliably navigate through indoor spaces without requiring any additional infrastructure.
The app is likely to be useful for anti-terrorist operations and for the military operations.
The end user experience is very similar to using GPS outdoors, it says. The app is applicable on both Android and iOS mobile phones allowing accurate positioning within six feet inside any building.
Instead of any extra hardware, the app uses the built-in compass in smartphones to pinpoint indoor locations making it the ideal platform for Apple’s iPhone and iPad, without any Bluetooth beacons or Wi-Fi connectivity.
The patented technology utilizes built-in magnetometers in smartphones to detect anomalies in the earth’s geomagnetic field to help users reliably navigate through indoor spaces, explains IndoorAtlas.
“Basically the team was able to crack something that none of the big players like Google, Apple and other internet players have been trying to,” says Board Member, Inka Mero of KoppiCatch Investor. “In the beginning, the biggest challenge was to get people to believe that the solution and tech really worked, and once we saw it did, we showcased it for Fortune 500s who immediately saw the potential.”
With this, the IndoorAtlas API and tools are now made accessible to app developers who can build indoor positioning features to their iOS apps.
•Geomagnetic field-based indoor positioning solution for iOS, opening up new opportunities to build indoor positioning features for iOS apps.
•First solution of its kind for iOS platform to map and pinpoint locations indoors.
•6 ft. accuracy level makes the solution ideal for retail and commercial marketing applications.
•IndoorAtlas API and tools are available for third-party app developers.
•Software-only technology offers cost savings.
•Cross platform solution available for both Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms.