Interior Navigation Technologies: A Survey

Authors: Case Robertson*, DigitalGlobe
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Geographic Thought
Keywords: interior, navigation, technology, geographic, information, system, geospatial, geography, location
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Muses, Sheraton, 8th Floor
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Interior navigation technologies have the potential to positively impact daily interactions by creating efficiencies in customer experience, safer conditions for employees, and enhanced facility management practices. Interior spaces are important to behavioral geography due to the large volume of daily interior navigational tasks. For many, these tasks include knowing where they are, what is around them, and how to get from one location to the other. Finding your way through a large building such as a hospital, museum, retail store or university building can be enabled and enhanced with interior navigation technologies. Using interior navigation technologies, a seamless experience from outdoor to interior navigation is also possible. Commercial interior navigation solutions incorporate different locational solutions. Some of these solutions include Acoustic Signals, Geomagnetism, Inertial Navigation, Light Detection and Ranging, Quick Response Codes, High-resolution Cameras, and Radio Frequency Based. IndoorAtlas, NavVis, and SPREO indoor navigation software uses geomagnetism, LiDAR, and RF-Based location solutions, respectively. This study reports the results of using these three navigation software to develop a simple interior navigation application for a building as their availability permits. The comparative advantages and disadvantages of the system requirements, expected user functionality, and the challenges faced during development and implementation of these three indoor navigation systems will be presented. The result of this analysis is a comprehensive assessment defining the way forward for interior navigation technologies.

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