Did you know that most people spend 90% of their time indoors? Given this sheer amount of time coupled with the staggering growth in the absolute size of indoor spaces, it's no wonder that people are finding it more difficult to navigate while inside. Recognizing the issues and impact associated with people being lost indoors, venue owners in various industries such as corporate offices, shopping malls and hospitals are beginning to invest in technologies to help improve indoor navigation for their patrons.
While most of us are quite comfortable finding our way outdoors using the industry standard GPS, this solution is not functional indoors. So how do you go about finding your way indoors? When you move from the outdoor GPS environment into a building you can be guided using an app on your phone that is connected to an Indoor Positioning System (IPS). Although IPS's do not have an industry standard like GPS does, there are a variety of technologies that can be used to help you find your way. This is achieved using the same real-time location recognition as a GPS nav system in your car. The equivalent to this for the indoors is referred to as 'Blue Dot' wayfinding.