You are ready to test your IndoorAtlas deployment for positioning performance when you have completed all the tasks below:
- Fingerprinted your venue for all areas where indoor positioning is used;
- Analyzed the fingerprinting quality;
- Verified the beacon deployment and fixed potential deployment issues;
- Resolved remaining fingerprinting issues; and
- Basic testing after fingerprinting using the ground truth paths.
The positioning performance is generally depending on the following main factors:
- Map coverage – all areas where the positioning will be used have been fingerprinted;
- Radio environment quality – beacons are configured and placed as instructed;
- Sensor signal fingerprinting quality – waypoints are placed accurately and check-ins to waypoints are accurate during the fingerprinting, the right device is used for fingerprinting, and the device has been correctly set up;
- Continuous quality monitoring – the quality of the map is continuously monitored during the fingerprinting, and the fingerprinting is accomplished in an iterative manner.
- Device sensors – the test device has the required built-in sensors and they are working properly: magnetometer, gyroscope, accelerometer, and radio interfaces (BLE, Wi-Fi).
Testing while deploying
As said, fingerprinting quality should be continuously monitored during fingerprinting to detect issues as soon as possible. This ensures that issues are fixed before a similar issue is extended on larger areas.
You can have either the on-site team checking the fingerprinting analytics while it's doing the fingerprinting, or
you can have a person at the back office checking the analytics from the IndoorAtlas webtool.
Note: under Commercial Plans from IndoorAtlas, it's possible to get timely help from the IndoorAtlas Support Team.
In large venues, it is a good practice to test positioning in smaller areas as soon as they have been fingerprinted. To do this, you need to generate a map revision after the fingerprinting paths for an area have been uploaded to the cloud. Testing smaller areas helps you to detect possible issues early.
Tip: If several persons are participating in fingerprinting, each person can check independently the positioning performance in the area he/she has fingerprinted.
Testing after deployment is complete: Ground Truth Test Walks
Read the next section to learn how to leave the site with good understanding of the positioning performance and a bucket of TraceIds for Ground Truth test walks.