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 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.
Around 3 months ago we announced the big update – our technology-agnostic indoor-outdoor wayfinding was released as a private beta. We were overwhelmed by the interest towards the feature (we got on front page of Product Hunt!), and got a selection of excellent venues and developers as beta testers. For the rest of you, who have not experienced the tools yet first hand, we complied this update to summarize all the goodness that is going to be included in our wayfinding and maps layer that is going the be released officially early next year.
Take a sneak peek into the tools through this 5min video (text continues below):
Junction, https://hackjunction.com/, is the biggest hackathon in Europe. This year the event gathered together 1500 hackers from 96 nationalities under one roof in Espoo, Finland between 24th -26th November. These hackers – consisting of students, hobbyists and young professionals, competed over who builds the best solution for a real-world problem posed by corporations. The winner of the whole contest took home a whopping 20 000€ cheque, which encouraged the teams to push for their best. However, the most important thing at Junction is to learn new things, play with cool technology, meet new people, and have a great time.
We were very happy to participate in the event as a co-sponsor with Kone, https://www.kone.fi/. Kone, the second biggest elevator manufacturer in the world, has been traditionally linked with massive machines – elevators, escalators and electric gates. During the last years their focus is turning more and more into software, and outside of the elevator. Instead of the short moment spent moving between floors, they are aiming to improve the entire duration of the stay in the building, turning it into intelligent people flows. As indoor positioning has a very natural link to this, they invited the Proximi.io team to help hackers solve the problems Kone is hoping to solve. The questions could be summarized:
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
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 🐻.
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