Mapping new territories – Indoor wayfinding comes of age

Indoor navigation technology is going to be quite a bit different from its outdoor counterpart – you can’t us GPS without a direct satellite line. So developers are turning to other tools to bridge the gap, some external – like WiFi spots – but increasing incorporating “information from sensors within the phone, like gyroscopes that determine direction, accelerometers that count steps, and even atmospheric pressure sensors to provide an estimate of altitude”.

The days of having to generate standalone apps for mobile signage may soon be superceeded by the simple power of the combined investment muscle of tech companies (mobile manu’s and the data-miners). With the added ease of uploading siteplans to Google as well, maybe the times overdue for internal wayfinding components to get smart and start talking to our mobiles.

Navigating the Great Indoors – IEEE Spectrum.