Indoor Geo-location Emitter Technologies

Indoor geo-location or indoor positioning is still a relatively new technology that has yet to go mainstream.  This technology aims to provide GPS like service within indoor venues where GPS signals are not available and allows for consumers to navigate indoors.  Part of the reason for this is the difficulties in developing stable positioning systems indoors which ca come from unreliable mapping and data collection.

There are two main methods that are being used today to provide positioning services.  One method is to use beacons placed in specific areas and then use them as reference points.  A mobile device can then detect the beacons and calculate its own location relative to the beacons’ signal strength and time delay.  The second method is to use signals of opportunity, also known as finger print database method.  This means a mobile device will use its Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and magnetic sensors to detect signals it sees (or detects) in the environment.  In order to calculate where its own position the mobile device requires a database to correlate against.  With this method the database characterizes a signal strength of multiple emitters and each grid spot in the database.

Each of these two primary methods have drawbacks of their own which Reckon Point has analyzed and developed a solution to improve their performance.   Beacons (Bluetooth) typically have a short range so deployments on a large scale present a problem such that hundreds if not thousands of beacons are required. This means someone has to place them all out and map them as well.  If they are battery operated this introduces a whole new level of maintenance to the operators.   Emitters of opportunity already exist in the environment and are normally powered by fixed infrastructure.   With this method a map of the environment is still needed for correlation.  Reckon Point’s technology is focused around creating fingerprint databases.

Some companies who provide finger print solutions offer a do it yourself kit where a user maps the environment using their mobile phone.  This can lead to unsatisfactory results if the mobile device being used is not calibrated and if the true location where the signal is collected is not known with good accuracy.  Reckon Point solves this problem by developing a highly accurate collection system capable of 1 cm position accuracy indoors when tagging signals.   Our Mobile Indoor Geo-Location Survey Unit (MIGSU) is capable of collecting very high resolution with unparalleled accuracy.  It can be used for both beacons and fingerprint databases.   Engineers and scientist have also known for a while that one of the limiting factors for indoor positioning accuracy is the number of nodes used as a reference.  With the MIGSU the number of nodes collected square meter is very high.  This results in a very high density database capable of reliable sub-meter accuracy when operational.  In conjunction with the signal collection the MIGSU also creates a 3D map of the building using LIDAR and provides a high density point cloud to develop 3D images of the interior of the building.

With this new collection system Reckon Point is striving to map hundreds and thousands of buildings and provide location based providers with access to the best data on the market. Reckon Point has launched a crowd funding project to support the first prototype of the MIGSU and will allow free access to two venues for developers to test drive.


Airport Wayfinding of the future

Airport Wayfinding in San Antonio

When we heard the San Antonio Airport was setting up a challenge to develop a better passenger experience, we jumped on it.  The airport’s goal is to use indoor navigation & airport wayfinding to integrate many of the individual services already in place at the airport such as TSA wait times, parking availability, and rewards programs.

One of the great services they have, is a new parking system that lets you know how many spaces are available in each row in the new short-term parking area. Another equally impressive service is the TSA wait time for each terminal, which is especially useful when getting ready to head to the airport. The third awesome service is the rewards program by Thanks Again. It offers rewards points at certain concessions at Sat and across the US, but currently runs in a separate mobile app.

Reckon Point specializes on indoor positioning, indoor maps, and way-finding services. We saw the airport challenge as a great opportunity to develop a world class wayfinding platform. Reckon Point plans to integrate existing airports services into the mobile application for passengers to have all this information at their fingertips with our map and indoor positioning as the focus.

The map-based application will allow for searchable interactive maps juts like Google. It will allow you to find and navigate to points of interest (POIs) like ATMS, bathrooms, rental cars, elevators and even recycle bins, each with a click of the button. Given that the application will be map centric it will give users situational awareness of where they are with respect to other  POIs.

Stay tuned for more info! Below is a first rendering of the new Car Rental Center.


Warehouse Management Asset Tracking

Imagine having the ability to know where and when bottle necks occur in real time!  Some studies have shown that proper placement of inventory and handling equipment can increase throughput by as much as four times. This can be done using indoor asset tracking.

Reckon Point is gearing up to launch a test pilot to validate indoor positioning and tracking for distribution centers, warehousing, and asset tracking in real time.  The reckon Point System is capable of tracking handling equipment, materials, and employees to create a real time map of how the floor is operating Reckon Point will be conduction this pilot in the San Antonio, Texas area and surround area. If you would like to be a part of this transformational technology contact our CEO Gabe Garza for more information.

Imagine having the ability to know where and when bottle necks occur in real time! Some studies have shown that proper placement of inventory and handling equipment can increase throughput by as much as four times.
Reckon Point is gearing up to launch a test pilot to validate indoor positioning and tracking for distribution centers, warehousing, and asset tracking in real time.

The Reckon Point System is capable of tracking handling equipment, materials, and employees to create a real time map of how the floor is operating Reckon Point will be conduction this pilot in the San Antonio, Texas area and surround area. If you would like to be a part of this transformational technology contact our CEO Gabe Garza for more information.