The benefit of deploying IndoorAtlas without fingerprinting is to avoid the fingerprinting phase which requires someone to go onsite and use the MapCreator application to collect the fingerprinting paths. You can also generate a new map easily if some of the access point or beacon information is changed just by updating the corresponding information and generating the new map.
If the conditions listed below are met, you can deploy IndoorAtlas for a building simply by using the tools available at app.indooratlas.com. The key tool you’ll be using is the IndoorAtlas Beacon Planner.
Deploying IndoorAtlas without fingerprinting is possible if the following conditions are met:
There is a beacon infrastructure in place that covers the area where indoor positioning will be used
Settings and locations of the beacons relative to the floor plan image are known
Your application doesn’t need the best possible positioning and tracking accuracy. For example, the geomagnetic field-based positioning information will not be available in this case.
All standard IndoorAtlas features are available for the deployments done without fingerprinting.
In case you are deploying the beacon infrastructure yourself, follow the guides below:
Adding floorplan mask
The floor plan mask has two functions when you are deploying IndoorAtlas without fingerprinting, i.e., when you don’t have any fingerprinting paths. The first function of the mask is to define the area where the navigation will be enabled. This means that the signal map, that enables indoor positioning, will only be generated for the area defined by the mask. If you don’t provide the mask, there will be no map and the positioning will not work.
The other function of the mask is to improve the positioning accuracy as the mask provides additional constraints for the ‘navigable area’. This means that positioning glitches, such as the positioning device going through the walls, will be more unlikely.
Follow the guide below to add masks for your floor plans:
Configuring beacons in the Beacon Planner
You need to provide next all the required information about the beacon deployment for the map generation. This is done by using the IndoorAtlas beacon planner tool. Open the beacon planner tool for your venue at app.indooratlas.com and provide location and hardware configuration information for each beacon. You can do this separately for each beacon by using the beacon planner UI, or you can use a CSV file to provide the information for all beacons as shown below.
The Beacon Planner accepts CSV file in two different formats shown below (one row for each beacon definition):
Uploading beacon configuration
Once you have configured the beacon deployment by using the beacon planner tool you are ready to upload the beacon configuration to the IndoorAtlas cloud for map generation. You can upload the beacon configuration by selecting the ‘upload beacon parameters to cloud’ from the beacon planner UI as shown below.
Generating the map
Once you have uploaded the beacon configuration to the IndoorAtlas cloud and you have provided the floor plan masks for each floor plan you are ready to generate the map. After the map generation, you are ready to test the positioning. Generate the map following the guide below: