Indoor navigation, means the flexible management and navigation of people within buildings using an electronic output device. Similar to systems for outdoor use, the route to a specific point is displayed on a screen or announced by the output device. In the form of a smartphone or tablet, many people conveniently carry this output device with them most of the time. In Germany, three quarters of people over the age of 14 (76 percent) already use a smartphone. This means that the majority of potential users already have one of the components required for indoor navigation and even use it very frequently. Indoornavigation is thus one of the most popular and from the user and provider’s point of view the most valuable location-based services.
Users can use precise turn-by-turn indoor navigation in large building complexes such as airports, train stations or shopping malls to navigate comfortably to their desired destination. It does not matter which technology is used for positioning in the background. Due to the specific disadvantages of competing technologies and systems, however, it can be assumed that Beacon technology will continue to establish itself as the standard for indoor navigation, as it is capable of conveying a user experience like an indoor GPS. Routes can also be stored according to certain criteria. One such criterion could be, for example, accessibility.