However, it’s not that simple. This indoor navigation relies on positioning beacons . Although Nokia says that they are “low-cost”, the question remains: what does it really mean? How many beacons per 1000sqft do we need? And of course, each beacon need to be wired, at least for power.
Secondly, such a technology needs to be cross-vendors. Nokia will have to open-source the protocol so that other handset makers and infrastructure players can compete. Without that step, we will never see the industry look into it, never mind actually using it. Nokia has been using open source before, and they might be ready to do it again. We’ll see.
Finally, we need maps! Indoor maps for each and every place that will be equipped with such a technology. Expect this to roll out slowly (if/when it does) because it’s going to take time. Expect airports, and other terminals-type buildings to go first, then malls and shopping centers. Private buildings will take more time, but in the long-run, it’s absolutely doable.
From there, the next step would be to use augmented reality to provide additional information about the user environment. Because the positioning is so accurate, additional information from a gyroscope and a compass should be enough to provide meaningful information — although I still believe that nothing beats actual visual recognition of the environment.
What would you do with indoor navigation? Where should it be implemented first?