TRACKING LOCATION GDPR-FRIENDLY

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We have been friends with data protection and privacy from the beginning and now our friend got a new name: GDPR. This is a blog post explaining how you can use Proximi.io to make use of location tracking while respecting the end users privcay.

 

We have been on top of the game with protecting privacy and personal data. Tracking users position can be a very effective tool for many business, bringing value to the end user. With the GDPR taking effect, the game changed a little. I’m going to tell you how we have made location-based services even GDPR- friendlier than before. This is just an easy-to-read summary, see our privacy policy for full details.

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Proximi.io Indoor Wayfinding Is Out

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The cold weather in Europe brings some good news with it:

We are happy to announce that Proximi.io Indoor Wayfinding solution has been released officially! Wayfinding in multiple floors, outdoors to indoors, escalator to elevator has never been easier. The Proximi.io wayfinding tools excel in intricate and complex venues, but can be applied to any venue, big or small. So if your customers have a hard time finding the fruit isle, a certain store in a mall or an isolated meeting room at the office, Proximi.io is the solution for you. With our tools you can make your indoor location easy to navigate in no time. Read More

What is a geofence? – A complete guide to geofencing

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What is a geofence?

A geofence is a virtual fence or a perimeter around a physical location.  Geofencing is a tool to connect the virtual experience with the offline world’s physical location. When an object enters this area, something happens. Easy way to think about it a fence around your home. When someone enters your yard, the burglar alarm is activated. What should happen in such circumstance? You probably want to send an alarm to the security company? Send an SMS to you? Start the burglar alarm?

Typically the geofencing use cases are not that brutal. Geofencing is a term that can be used in many different contexts, but the most popular one is the ability to detect a phone entering the area, and triggering something either in the device itself – or somewhere externally. For example, when you walk past your favourite grocery store, you get a discount coupon. This mobile-based geofencing is also the use case this blog post is focusing on. Geofencing does not require you to build anything physical in the real world – it all happens digitally. In essence you draw an area on top of map and define in your code what you want to happen, when someone walks into that area. That being said, in some cases you might want to add some hardware in the real world to improve the positioning accuracy, but more of that later on in the post.

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Why the construction industry will be obsessed with beacons

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Great news from the community, Proximi.io-powered Consight app victorious in two construction innovation contests!

Last weeks have not only been great for Proximi.io team, but also for our partners.  Consight, a company that focuses on improving construction site workflow, won two competitions in a row. First they (together with Zenopt) came first in Industryhack’s “Creating More Time for Work” challenge, straight after which they moved to Ultrahack to take the second place in the “Hack the Construction Industry Productivity” track.  Congratulations Consight app! We are very proud to see such excellent use cases being built on top of the Proximi.io unified mobile positioning platform. Read More

Setting up Indoor Wayfinding – Behind the scenes 📽

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As you might have already heard, we have recently released a new feature to our platform -wayfinding. Our dedicated team has worked very hard to make this tool as user-friendly, easy and fast as possible for our customers and we wanted to show off this tool by creating a dogtastic video of it 🐶. Scroll down to the end of the post to see the film. Today we provide you behind-the-scenes-tour which will show you the setup that we made for the video, how much it took time and how this feature helped our Dedicated Office Guard Minkki to find his Teddy 🐻.

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3 Things to know when making location-aware apps

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“I want to use positioning in my app, what can I do with it?”

This is a question I face often, and my answer is: “a lot”.

This might seem like a short boring answer. Before jumping into the world of proximity head on, it is necessary to understand everything in between the app and proximity. That’s why I would like to share my thoughts on this subject and focus it down to 3 things to consider before using proximity/location-awareness. This reflects what we have discussed with hundreds of application developers on their needs and helped them process ideas for how to utilize location in their apps. Read More

How to do accurate indoor positioning with Bluetooth beacons?

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Bluetooth beacons are small, easy and cost-efficient way to build a connection between the real word and your mobile application. Using beacons for push notifications, coupon delivery and presence detection is fairly straightforward. But if you wish to create accurate indoor positioning with beacons, things get a bit more complex. There are a number of things both from the software development side, and the beacon placement aspect that you need to take into account. That being said, with careful preparations it is possible to reach 1-2metres positioning accuracy also with Bluetooth beacons. Let’s walk through the steps of how to prepare beacon-based indoor positioning for optimum accuracy- whether you are building it from scratch or utilizing the Proximi.io platform.

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An interesting take on indoor wayfinding, The WOW effect from Sweden

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We are happy to share a successful project with our platform! We got the pleasure of getting to know two Cognitive science students from Sweden with a great idea. They wanted to include a functional aspect to their thesis about Icon based Indoor Navigation and decided to develop an app that uses proximi.io’s platform for navigation. The result is a very interesting take on wayfinding and here follows Kristoffer Karlsson’s and Arvid Horned’s thoughts about their project:

 

“Did you know that the apps and tools you use for daily assistance may be bad for you?

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New hires Kalle & Jenni!

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Dear Proximi.io blog readers,

I hope your summer is going as well as ours! Our regular blog readers are most likely aware that Proximi.io started to look for our next new talents in the end of May. We were happy to see a great amount of amazing and interesting applications, thank you for those who applied!

This post will provide you the results of our exciting recruitment. We are more than happy to write and share our very first blog post here with our new hires and tell you a bit more about them. So Kalle and Jenni, welcome to Proximi.io!

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