Bigger the indoor facility, bigger the problem it becomes for visitors in navigation, wayfinding and location tracking within the venue. From the facility managements’ perspective, the challenges get even more daunting because they need to identify and address on a real-time basis.
A state-of-the-art technology such as an indoor navigation system is gaining acceptance steadily over the last few years amongst large facilities like healthcare centers, educational campuses, corporate offices, recreational spaces, and zoo parks among others.
In contemporary times, we’ve seen the emergence and growth of large facilities catering to various human habitations. Airports, shopping malls, corporate campuses, medical facilities, etc. have evolved immensely in terms of both size and scale, making the adoption of navigation solutions an imperative decision.
A recent survey on indoor positioning and navigation system speaks about the pronounced growth of 30% by the end of 2022; read this for more information. The research paper also speaks about how the large venues to market has been segmented into the categories of type, verticals, technology, and applications.
10 Best Benefits of Navigation Application
The digital world is revolutionizing large facilities through automated services for aiding in facility management including indoor space management. Similarly, indoor navigation applications are doing the same in facilities such as shopping malls, warehouses, resorts, theme parks, etc.
1. Smartphone Tech
Indoor navigation technology or an indoor navigation service is built for Smartphones as the quantum of people using these devices is growing steadily on a daily basis. Anything mobile-based is easily assimilated by the generation populace into their daily routines.
This is the major benefit of this solution. This survey elucidates how Smartphone technology has positively impacted patients’ health and the patient-clinician relationship in health care centers.
2. Real-time Mapping
Real-time mapping can effortlessly make the visitors reach any location inside the facility within a stipulated time. Also, this feature affects the productivity of the facility in the long run. Imagine having real-time information on several aspects such as whether a specific area within the facility is occupied or not? All that on your Smartphone screen. Isn’t that a lot of time-saving? And time saved is time invested in other facility interactions!
3. Indoor Wayfinding
According to a leading research firm, the global forecast for indoor wayfinding technology which accounted for USD 5.2 billion in 2016 will grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) by 42% and reach USD 40.99 billion by 2022. This speaks volumes about how indoor wayfinding is going to be the epitome of this technology in large facilities.
4. Indoor Space Management
In semi-indoor facilities such as resorts and theme parks, keeping track of movable and immovable assets needs real-time tracking updates. Using Wi-Fi, UWB, RFID or Beacons facility heads can locate and track itemized assets, aiding in optimal facility management. Also, hoteling and reservation takes place effortlessly with the help of indoor space management.
5. Asset Tracking
This system helps to locate assets such as objects, areas of interest, and people inside a facility by tapping indoor frequencies from radio waves, acoustic signals, magnetic fields, and other sensory information which can be transferred and collected easily using a Smartphone.
6. Indoor Location Tracking
This technology through beacon technology results in identifying the exact location of a person or an asset within the facility. Beacon technology is possible through Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology, for transmitting signals and identifying the information as well. A Smartphone with an indoor location tracking app can detect signals and helps in tracking assets as well.
7. Events Scheduling & Management
Visitors who visit resorts, theme parks and recreational parks for food, fun and relaxation need proper guidance while at the venue. A couple of previous instances prove that the visitors did not notice parallel events happening while at the venue and missed on them. With proper indoor space management using this technology, all events will be sent as push notifications and the visitors will never miss any event and regret later on.
8. Location Based Services
The evolution and spread of Smartphones are undoubtedly one of the most remarkable developments in information and communication technologies in the recent past. Within the various applications of Smartphone platforms, location-based services are predominant as they primarily function via indoor space managements and indoor location tracking for various large venues helping multiple applications connect with users on a real-time basis.
With these apps within the venue, all forms of interactions that take place between visitors and the management will be digitally recorded and will be used for future visits and to have a relook at the existing services, offers and all that association that takes place between the visitor and the management.
10. Safety Alerts
A recent story published on the New York Times says that safety in large venues such as amusement parks, resorts and theme parks has been lacking. Due to lack of navigation systems that has additional benefits like safety alerts and notifications, the safety of the visitors is certain. The visitors on a real-time basis will be sent notifications directly to their Smartphones, enabling them to take necessary steps to evade trouble.