Modern technologies blur the borders between the real and virtual worlds. However, we find it comfortable. Many of us used to play RPG, and some people still do. It is easy for us to control characters and track their movements on the map in the corner of the screen. Today, you can do the same, though, it doesn’t matter if you “play” walking in a shopping mall, or control your “units” as a warehouse manager.
Application or platform functionality can be easily extended by adding indoor navigation services. They help locate people or valuable assets within buildings or limited areas. It is not necessary for developers to be indoor navigation pros, because it’s all about the SDK.
What is an SDK?
A Software development kit helps developers add new functionality to their applications. In other words, we create particular software and we want you to take advantage of it within your application. For this purpose, we “pack” our product into libraries and utilities to help you integrate it as fast as possible.
Considering mobile apps, we create our mobile SDK that allows extending their functionality by adding an indoor navigation module. A developers team doesn’t have to create their own navigation equipment or software. We take care of it. All you need to do is to join the two elements by implementing the module we have already pre-packed for you.
In this way, mobile apps, on-premise software or platforms can be easily improved with new functionality.
Navigine SDK Use Cases
Are you interested in how you can apply this in real life? We prepared 5 use cases of implementing Navigine SDK.
Maps for Shopping Malls
Many malls have their own mobile apps to help their customers navigate and improve engagement. In these apps you can find lists of shops, showtimes, contacts, map, and other features.
One of the essential parts of an application is an interactive map. There are detailed floor plans displayed on it so customers could easily find any location they need and get there.
The challenge: Floor plans are normally static, thus they can’t solve the problem of spatial orientation. Maps without navigation can’t deliver any value to malls or tenants.
The solution: Our SDK helps malls improve the functionality of maps within their applications. Equipping their space with BLE beacons or Wi-Fi RTT routers, malls allow customers to automatically find their location on maps.
The technology is crucial for analytics. By gathering data and creating heat maps of customers’ movements, managers get valuable insights. Through this, it is possible to define the most visited locations, which is helpful for setting the right placement prices and rental rates.
Walking by the shop, a customer can receive push notifications with special offers. The technology provides extremely accurate positioning (1 metre), and therefore relevant notifications. In one of our use cases for the retailer, average purchase increased by 6% thanks to push-notifications.
Museums, Exhibitions, and Events
Talking about culture and leisure, shopping malls are not the only case. Indoor positioning goes further. It applies to any public place or event.
Attracting large numbers of tourists, art and science lovers, or just people who want to spend their time, such places as museums, often develop their particular mobile apps.
The challenge: In many apps, there are no maps or they have no navigation, which means they can’t show user location.
The solution: According to our experience, it is possible to deploy a navigational infrastructure for a mass event with more than 14,000 participants and an area of 96,000 sq.m. just in 2 weeks. The app, that is the part of the system, helps to appoint meetings, find a route to any section and not get lost in a vast territory.
Support in transport hubs
Airports, train stations, and other terminals are very crowded. They have a highly complex internal infrastructure, where information stands and virtual assistants are a necessity.
The challenge: Often, transport hubs build their websites and apps, but with limited functionality. No one is guaranteed from getting lost and being late for the flight because it is very hard to find your location using a map without navigation.
The solution: The basic functionality of apps can be extended, which is helpful for improving passengers’ comfort and level of satisfaction. There is also a feature of finding routes for disabled people.
Control of machinery and staff at factories and warehouses
Equipment, logistics, and personnel add up to complex systems and procedures. Speed and coherence are crucial.
The challenge: Every part of a supply or production chain has to be in the right place at the right time. The staff has to do their work well, be safe and motivated as well.
The solution: Companies employ wearable devices that allow them to track movements of goods and personnel. It helps to find out if a particular object were in a designated location or got into a potentially dangerous zone. This is how the efficiency of processes and safety compliance can be provided in manufacturing. In our practice, the implementation of this solution at the client's facility resulted in productivity increase by 15%.
Measuring marketing campaigns
The challenge: Tracking audience behavior on the Internet is not a big deal today. However, measuring offline touchpoints efficiency is still a challenge.
In such cases marketers use tools for eye contact tracking or video stream recognition. But these technologies are already obsolete and inefficient. Methods based on BLE beacons and Wi-Fi RTT are way more promising.
The solution: Using our SDK in their apps, developers are able to find out whether users approach an advertisement. It helps to confirm visual interactions and assess reach. Users get an opportunity to see more relevant content and get recommendations they need.
Why it is better to use Navigine SDK
Our solutions represent a perfect price and quality mix. They are developer-friendly and easy to implement.
Navigine SDK works out of the box. The repository on Github has everything you need for instant deployment.
The SDK is compatible with wearable devices, B2C software, and complex industrial solutions. Finally, there are detailed guides and user support, that is ready to help with any issue.