Sunday, March 18, 2012

Indoor Location Technology on the Rise


CSR has announced that they have perfected their indoor location technology and will be offering it to Android developers in the form of an SDK in the first quarter of 2015. This technology uses a combination of real-time WiFi signals, satellite positioning information, pedestrian dead reckoning and the company’s cloud-based CSR Positioning center to calculate accurate indoor location for consumers inside of complex building structures.

“Offering indoor positioning accurate enough to be useful has been a challenge that the industry has been trying to solve for many years,” Anthony Murray, Senior Vice President, Business Group at CSR told GPS World. “With our SiRFusion Software Development Kit, we have, for the first time, made indoor location a reality for developers who want to deliver innovative location-based products and services without proprietary infrastructure.”

SiRFusion for Android will be compatible with the newer devices running Android version 4.4 or higher and is not currently compatible with iPhone devices.

Indoor positioning technology has been one of those navigation hurdles that the tech world has been trying to figure out, trying everything from sound waves to amping up receivers for GPS. It’s rather exciting to see someone finally making the leap to indoor location technology that your average consumer can use.

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