SEOUL, Oct. 17 (Korea Bizwire) – The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute announced on October 15 that it has developed an indoor positioning system working in indoor environments such as shopping malls.
The indoor navigation utilizes applications in smartphones to gather maps inside a building and process the information automatically to keep track of the user’s location. The system is accurate up to a distance of down to five meters, or about 16 feet.
The non-GPS alternative makes use of Wi-Fi signals or sensors to mark the user on the map. With the help of a mapping company, the navigator app is expected to show where the user is located and how he or she can find a way to the destination inside a building.
The state-run research outfitis preparing to allow other organizations including navigator manufacturers, navigation service providers, Internet portal site operators and shopping malls to learn and apply the technology for their own purposes.
Beta testing is scheduled to begin in Busan where International Telecommunications Union Plenipotentiary Conference is planned to be held from October 20.
“From the very beginning of the research, we have tried our best to listen to needs from the government as well as entrepreneurs and users. The technology is expected to contribute to the development of our industry,” said Park Sang-jun, a senior researcher of the institute.
By Veronica Huh (email@example.com)