It’s fair to say that outdoor navigation apps and software are much more known and popular than indoor navigation. Most people might not realize that there even is such a thing as indoor navigation, but the possibilities it offers appears to be endless. It will have the ability to have a positive impact on many industries as well as on the lives of individuals. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits and advantages of indoor navigation.
1. Shopping Centers: Convenience For Owners & Customers
This technology is great at shopping centers and is good for retailers. There are many stores in shopping centers and some retailers may not attract, or miss altogether, a potential customer.
However, with the technology, a smartphone will be able to tell a user where the store is, where a particular item is and how to get there. In fact, with indoor navigation technology, customers can receive targeted advertisements and all sorts of other offers, discounts and promotions, so it’s a win-win situation for both retailer and customer.
Indoor navigation is very accurate and it has to be, because of the ever-changing layout in some places like a warehouse, for example. Places like an airport or a factory is always moving, chopping and changing and this technology needs to be accurate to the minute. These are places where you have vehicles operating within the premises, transporting goods and even people all the time.
These vehicles have to contend with each other but at the same time, they must be able to navigate the changing landscape constantly. The indoor maps not only have to be up-to-date but they must also be able to be updated, for example if a new pallet or cargo arrives and changes the landscape or layout.
3. Independence For Visually Impaired
The technology is a boon for people who are completely blind and the visually impaired. In the same way that the GPS has helped people with visual problems to navigate outdoors, the same can now be said of indoor navigation.Voice assistance is incorporated in the technology and allows the blind to navigate independently and safely.
They can now walk even in a crowded setting while receiving information and instructions as to where to turn left or where amenities are. Knowing where a bathroom is or where a shop is; these are things we take for granted. Imagine what a huge difference this independence gives to so many blind citizens as they successfully engage with their environment.
4. Total Teamwork
Indoor navigation technology in a hospital setting, for example, can help provide ‘teamwork’ by caregivers and staff as well as visitors and patients. Visitors coming to see friends or loved ones can easily find their way. This will help reduce the workload of those at the front or information desk.
Technology also helps to locate staff members or medical equipment easily and quickly. If a visitor has a physical disability and it’s a large hospital with various points of wheelchair accessibility, finding these points quickly makes a big difference for them as opposed to looking for these helplessly.
5. Speed In An Emergency
In a large building where sometimes it can appear to be like a confusing maze, indoor navigation can help first responders in an emergency. When seconds count, speed is important and indoor navigation can help in a confusing layout. It could be a life-threatening situation and while first responders may get there, they may not know exactly where to go. Time lost in looking for the exact spot could be costly. With indoor navigation, getting to the specific point will be seamless and by improving their response time, someone’s life may be saved.
With an endless amount of industries and uses, it’s clear to see that indoor navigation technology will continue to grow, with benefits and advantages for countless people, whether it’s businesses or private citizens.