Tuesday, May 20, 2014

IndoorAtlas: Indoor Mapping Using a Building's Magnetic Footprint

Despite billions spent by the combined forces of industry, educational institutions, and government, no one has been able to come up with an effective, cost efficient, and universal answer for GPS quality location information inside buildings. Now, through a eureka moment, filing of 16 patents, and a ramped-up commercial effort that took its first tentative steps back in 2012, Finnish firm IndoorAtlas appears positioned to lay claim to the Holy Grail of "Where". The magnetic footprint of the building is the key. More information below (Video is of marginal quality and 8:33 in length, but well worth your time if you want details. First video in the article is only 33 seconds long and brings home the idea if you want the quick version):

(NYT Bits, May 18, 2014)

Comment: Obviously, huge implications for the Emergency Services Sector - for everything from EMS response to firefighting. If the realities of this technology match the sales pitch, this one is going to be a game changer going forward.

Graphic credit: engadget.com

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