Indoor Navigation &
Way-finding System Technology

Indoor Navigation &
Mapping System Technology

Whether you’re visiting a sick relative or undergoing a medical procedure yourself, visiting a hospital is never a pleasant experience. Hospital buildings are tough to navigate — in fact, most buildings are. If you’re not familiar with the structure, you’ll likely need some direction from staff. The problem is hospital staff are usually extremely busy and unapproachable.

Parking lots, too, are mission impossible, especially when your phone has no service or Wi-Fi. You can try memorizing your license plate number, parking near a colorful sign, or identifying landmark you won’t forget, but it’s challenging. Google Maps, for example, developed a feature that automatically saves your parking location. But what happens when you’re underground with no service?

Airports are another perfect example of how hard is to locate places indoors. If you’re picking someone up, you need to figure out exactly where to wait for their arrival. If you’re the one traveling, you need to allocate precious time to find your check-in area and departure gate. Imagine if you could use your phone to find your airline check-in counter, gate, or any service you need as easily as following your GPS while driving. How come no one has come up with a solution for these issues to date?

Indoor way-finding in complex venues

Given the nature of sound, in addition to the user’s specific location, it is also possible to analyze sound’s velocity and direction in order to assess the user’s motion. In this scenario, the cellphone itself acts as a sensor and every speaker in a specific environment or venue can act as beacons, establishing a continuous tracking of the device and its users through ultrasonic waves. In no moment an active internet connection, such as Wi-Fi, is required for this highly accurate navigation, and Sonarax is able to rely seamlessly on the venue’s existing sound system infrastructure. Visitors to a hospital, a stadium or a sprawling convention centre, for example, could rely on an application powered by Sonarax in order to navigate the venue. Specific prompts, either for commercial or informative purposes, could also reach visitors’ mobiles as they approach certain specific areas. Alternative existing solutions for indoor navigation, for example, often require special hardware and a complex deployment and mapping.

Location-based services (LBS): Sonarax’s ultra-precise location tracking

Sonarax’s sonic indoor positioning outperforms GPS by pinpointing location to an accuracy of a few square centimeters, thus enabling extraordinarily personalized services and applications. Given its high accuracy and ability to work continuously in an environment, the application of Sonarax’s technology within the LBS sphere can be divided into several main areas: indoor navigation in complex venues; proximity marketing and engagement with consumers while they shop; and authentication of identity in sensitive situations such as ATM interactions orin crowd management situations.

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