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Mapsted awarded patent for
groundbreaking indoor navigation system

Indoor positioning systems are critical to the success of wayfinding in shopping malls and other closed facilities, but existing platforms such as beacons and GPS do not provide a sufficient or long-term solution.

The global indoor location market size is projected to grow
from $7 billion in 2017 to $41 billion by 2022

But what is going to be the driving force behind this gigantic growth? The answer lies with Mapsted.

Mapsted is a localization technology provider that has been awarded a patent for a revolutionary indoor navigation platform

Mapsted offers an ultra-precise and self-sufficient platform that requires no investments and no hardware installation. This is key to the sustainability and exponential growth that is poised for this market.

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The problem with previous methods of indoor navigation

The first question needing an answer is why traditional navigation platforms such as Google Maps Indoor don't function properly. There are two basic types of platforms. Let’s take a quick look to see how they work and what stops them from achieving the highest level of indoor positioning system accuracy.

Global Positioning System (GPS)

GPS is primarily an outdoor location technology, which means that the platform is not specifically designed for indoor wayfinding. As such, GPS lacks consistency and accuracy to serve large shopping malls, office buildings, manufacturing establishments, and similar facilities.

In order to function flawlessly, GPS requires uninterrupted satellite reception. This is a serious limitation to the system because retail centres and similar environments feature prominent obstacles like walls, multiple floors, and other obstructions which significantly degrade the signal.

The nature of this system is why GPS-based indoor maps and navigation can only be accurate to within 30-50 meters… useless for real-time navigation attempting to get a user to a particular shop or kiosk within a mall.

GPS

BEACONS

Beacons

While beacon technology is much more accurate than GPS, it also doesn't represent a sustainable or scalable solution in the long run. Wireless beacons are emitters of Bluetooth signal, which enables the positioning system to determine indoor locations precisely.

Beacon-supported platforms calculate user positions based on the distances between each device, so they are able to determine routes and locations quite accurately. The downside of the beacon system, however, is the fact that installation and maintenance is both time-consuming and costly.

This ‘hardware’ needs to be physically installed, the technology then deployed, and the devices all maintained. Further, batteries need to be replaced regularly because they wear out quickly and downgrade the overall accuracy of indoor navigation. Time-consuming and expensive.

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How Mapsted’s handheld indoor navigation and positioning works

Mapsted realized the growing demand for a cost-effective and scalable indoor positioning platform that did not lose functionality over time and did not rely on hardware installation.

This is how the company got the idea to design scalable indoor navigation and positioning systems and methods, the patent which has completely revolutionized indoor orientation and wayfinding. The official patent number is US9906914B2. Mapsted is an exclusive patent owner until 2037 and holds the right to decide who can use the new system and how.

The question of all questions is: How does it work?

The precise location of the device (smartphone, smartwatch, tablet, computer, etc.)
through an indoor facility is estimated using device signal data and sensor data within the facility. It's a complex process that can be utilized via a simple 3-step mechanism:

1. Upload Floor Plan

Provide Mapsted with the blueprint of your facility
so that we can import it into
our system

2.Calibrate Mall

Use Mapsted’s handheld calibration app on your own smartphone
to walk through your facility and gather
ultra-precise data of the indoor plan

3.Enable Indoor Navigation

Mapsted will process this information to have your
navigation system ready for use in a matter of days

What makes Mapsted different than other indoor navigation systems is the fact that the platform gathers device signal information from multiple sources: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and cellular data.

However, the system needs only one of those device signal data sources to remain perfectly functional.
Since at least one of the sources is almost always accessible, Mapsted guarantees maximum availability,
maximum indoor accuracy, and minimum latency.

About Mapsted

Mapsted is a Canadian technology firm founded in 2014. The company specializes in localization technologies, marketing, and business intelligence. To date, our team of over 25 dedicated engineers and designers has created 30 approved patents, with almost 50 other patents pending. We strongly believe in hard work and the power of innovation. We play a mean game of volleyball too.

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