Real-life test of indoor positioning & proximity technologies
The 2nd edition of the Geo IoT World Indoor Location Testbed evaluated five solutions. They all beat the previously established industry norms in all metrics of performance.
The report combining 2016 and 2017 results is now available.
Held on June 8, 2017, the second Geo IoT World Indoor Location Testbed assessed the leading solutions in indoor positioning, wayfinding and other advanced proximity features.
Managed by an indoor location expert, the 2017 testbed goes well beyond a pure positioning accuracy trial in order to match real-life requirements of location-based applications. Performance metrics include real-time accuracy, accuracy after stabilization, time to stabilization, consistency, setup time, infrastructure required, time to first fix, floor detection, proximity detection, and more.
The 2017 testbed evaluated five solutions. One based on BLE tags, four on smartphones. One smartphone solution runs infrastructure-free, one incorporates camera-based image processing, and two blend BLE beacons with motion sensing.
For the second year, indoor location solutions are beating the previously established industry norms in all metrics of performance : solutions evaluated this year achieved below 2 meter accuracy, in smartphone and in tag tracking, both with BLE beacons and infrastructure-free. Solutions deployed in under one hour setup. Solutions detected floor changes and maintained positioning accuracy while moving on stairs. Solutions achieved fast first location fixes within seconds of starting.
The testbed evaluation shows in particular that:
- BlooLocs tag-based solution achieves real-time accuracy better than 2 meters, and accuracy after stabilization under 1.5 meters - GipsTechs infrastructure-free solution also achieves accuracy of under 2 meters - Accuwares solution required less than one hour setup time, drastically less than others. Performance of these and other solutions are detailed in this report below.
A new reference Industry report
The two editions of the Indoor Location Testbed have evaluated 12 solutions from 9 companies. More than a competition for scores, this testbed series details how market-leading companies are drastically outperforming the industry norms from only three years ago. Consistent accuracy better than two meters, setup in under one hour, high accuracy without beacons, fast initial location fixes, and more, are all achievements that seemed unattainable, but are now being reached by multiple testbed participants in real-world conditions.