When GPS began to move into the consumer market people began to realize there is a difference between mapping and navigation. I started a consulting business at that time – MPN Components – Mapping, Positioning and Navigation. I was hoping to cover all three different tasks.
Brent Gelhar provided this heads up concerning a new indoor navigation, industry trade group – the In-Location Alliance. With companies like Broadcom, Nokia, Sony Mobile, Samsung, and Qualcomm on board I think Brent has identified a very important development.
Once again this points out how the consumer electronics industry, unlike AEC tends to support standards. They know this is the fastest way to launch a new technology. This group plans to use Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi to make indoor navigation work. Sounds doable.
It would seem that this app would require a map on which to navigate. Could be a BIG opportunity for indoor mapping. Think Navteq.