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Indoor Location-Sensing Technologies Enable New Contextual Experiences

Published: 09 May 2014

ID: G00263859

Analyst(s): Nick Jones


We compare 21 technologies to track the location of smartphones or smart objects in an indoor situation and discuss how indoor location sensing will evolve in the future.

Table Of Contents


  • A Taxonomy of Indoor Location Sensing
    • Proximity Sensing
    • Signal Sensing
    • Deduction From User Behavior
    • Environmental Observation
    • Hybrid Approaches/Sensor Fusion
  • Selection Considerations
    • Precision in Two or Three Dimensions
    • Moving Versus Static Objects
    • Coverage
    • Venue Survey Cost
    • Infrastructure Implications
    • Cost to Install and Operate
    • User Identity and Context
    • Privacy, Anonymity and Regulation
    • Environmental Considerations
    • Immature Technology and Vendors
    • Technical and Economic Constraints
    • Partners, Alliances and Cloud Services
    • Business Goals
  • Future Trends
    • New Bluetooth Standards
    • 802.11aq
    • Greater Use of Sensor Fusion
    • Improved RF Location Sensing
    • New and Improved Location-Sensing Technologies
    • Exploiting Motion
    • An Explosion in Location-Aware Objects
    • Increased Use of Location in Employee-Facing Applications
    • Improved Cellular Location Precision

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