PNT Roundup: Ericsson HQ gets indoor positioning upgrade

September 25, 2017  - By


With personal or work-issued smartphones, more than 4,000 employees can now use a corporate app to easily find available rooms and spaces to work in the 500,000-square-foot, 20-floor, four-building Stockholm headquarters of telecom company Ericsson.

The Senion StepInside indoor positioning system, designed by partner Flowscape, helps Ericsson employees reduce wasted time searching for people, places or things, thereby increasing productivity.

The StepInside software development kit (SDK) offers location readings in latitude, longitude and floor level in real time. The SDK can easily be integrated into any smartphone application. StepInside relies on an advanced sensor fusion algorithm that works with the smartphone’s movement and radio sensors to provide accurate and robust positioning.

“Indoor positioning technology is perfect for large offices with multiple floors, offices, and meeting spaces — the bigger and more intricate the better,” said Christian Lundquist, CEO and co-founder of Senion. Ericsson’s StepInside implementation is part of the company’s larger global platform designed to enable rapid IoT application development.

The system as implemented today is the starting point for a bigger roll-out with additional workplace enhancements at Ericsson.

Senion’s comprehensive IPS services include analytics, wayfinding, geofencing, friend-finder and tracking. With more than 300 indoor positioning system installations globally, Senion has worked closely with shopping malls, hospitals, corporate campuses and more to improve workflows. Senion is headquartered in Linkoping, Sweden, and San Francisco.

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