What the Future Holds For Mapping in Indoor Navigation
Trust technological innovators to come up with something that is out of this world and immediately transform a bitter struggle into a walk in the park. Several years ago, you had to rely on the goodwill of strangers to find your way through unfamiliar territories. Thanks to whatever guiding spirit that inspired the invention of Global Positioning System (GPS), you can sit back and enjoy your ride, unsure of your route but confident of your destination. Unfortunately, traditional GPS is hardly efficient in indoor navigation and the innovators had to go back to the drawing board and come up with GPS for indoors.
In the recent past, indoor maps were simply floor plans that served as the only means for people to find their way in buildings such as shopping malls and stores. However, the introduction of indoor radio maps ushered in a new era in indoor localization marked by the use of smartphones to navigate through the indoor environment and view floor plans. Thus, it is now easy to find a product in a large store full of various different goods. This not only saves the customers’ time but also leaves them more satisfied and increases the possibility of the customers’ returns for more.
Challenges of Indoor Mapping
Like outdoor GPS, indoor localization has been on the lips of many positioning enthusiasts. Nevertheless, radio fingerprint mapping has been hounded by several challenges including lack of ease of use and consumption of too much time. Keep in mind that the indoor mapping process involves the measuring of WiFi signals at different points in the building in question for the purpose of accuracy in navigation and positioning. This is different from visual orientation floor maps. However, the two can easily be combined for maximum benefit of indoor navigation and well-designed maps.
The Future of Indoor Mapping
Only a few years ago, you had to make data recordings in just a few meters interval. In addition, you would need to move between the various points in the building, a tiresome and time-consuming affair, especially if you are taking the measurements of a very large building. With the invention of latest technology, there is a sure hope for elimination of most of the challenges including the cumbersome manual work with a tremendous reduction of the time taken in the mapping process while improving the quality of the results. In place of spending long hours walking through the building, all you will need is a predefined route along which you walk at a uniform pace while recording the ground truths only when there is change of direction.
Nothing is permanent in the world of technology. There is always someone working round the clock in an effort to come up with new improvements even when it seems the available technology is the best that can be hoped for. Like in every industry that relies on technology, there have been great improvements in all aspects of indoor navigation with a promise for even more.