Monday, February 25, 2013

Global navigation satellite systems save people from getting lost when traveling, but imagine being able to navigate your way through hospitals, parking garages, and malls. CSR, a software development company for various technologies, believes that there is potential for global satellite coverage in indoor spaces.

There are a few positives for global coverage of indoor spaces. One positive is the fact that people spend about 90 percent of their time indoors, so being able to navigate through buildings and the like would be useful. Another positive is the ability to keep watch of hospitals, parking garages, and other public structures. This is helpful because if something or someone was out of place, someone would catch it via global satellites. Now this may seem a bit far fetched, but indoor coverage could potentially save our world from bombings, sexual or physical attacks, and other dangerous situations.

This constant watch of indoor venues could also be a negative because people may not be fond of the idea that someone is always watching them. It could create a feel of big brother. This satellite can be related to security cameras, so this does contradict this point of order.

While adding indoor location data to GNSS is a major step in the emerging technology direction, there is one type of technology that can take this idea even farther: bluetooth smart technology. Bluetooth smart technology allows better monitoring of people. This gives more accurate results for navigation. 

Taking two types of real-time coverage (outdoor VS indoor) and mashing them together with personal location information of every person is the path to this new frontier. We will have to see where CSR can develop this technology.

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