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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Humanizing intelligent buildings – Top picks from Junction 2017

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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:

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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

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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Proximi.io @ Ultrahack

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In addition to Slush, another exciting point in early December was Ultrahack, the ultra-long hackathon tournament. The hackathon consists of multiple  pre-events, and culminated at the main event hosted in Helsinki, Finland. From the pre-events and through direct applications, 100 top teams had been selected to come in for the weekend. As a special feature of this hackathon, the teams were allowed to continue on working on projects that they had started earlier. All teams, however, developed at least substantial amount of new features during the event, if not a completely new project. Read More

Proximi.io @ Junction hackathon

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What a busy December it has been! Let’s roll back a couple of weeks, to the first week of December, the the Slush week. In order to get the most out of the fact that all of Europe’s techies are arriving to Helsinki for Slush, not one but two massive hackathons were hosted during the same weekend. Proximi.io also wanted to get the most out of this opportunity and be present in both of them.

First we are going to cover Junction, a student hackathon that is part of Major League Hacking. It was hosted at the Old  Harbour building, where an incredible 1300 participants fit nicely in. The hakacthon consisted of ten tracks hosted by giants enterprises from different fields, such as Supercell and Zalando. Read More

Proximi.io used for techfest in Mumbai, India

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Today we are extremely happy and thrilled to share one of our customers success story.  We were approached by group of enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, technology lovers and good hearted people from Appnirman Solutions LLP who were developing an app Praxis 2k16 for the techfest event which was organised by one of the prestigious institute V. E. S. Institute of Technology situated in Mumbai, India. The event which was scheduled on 22nd and 23rd of September, 2016 witnessed students from 55 different colleges and 5000 engineers across Mumbai, India.
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Proximity Hackathon results are out!

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The Proximity Hackathon, organized over the summer months by Ionic and Proximi.io has now ended. The online hackathon that challenged participants to create projects that utilized both Proximi.io location intelligence and the Ionic framework was a great success.

A total of four projects were submitted tot he competition. All of the projects were really interesting and carefully conducted. Two winners were selected in two categories: Judges’ favourite and Audience favourite. The audience got really involved with the voting – a total of 2103 votes were cast.

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AEC Hackathon 3.2: @BIMforAll and New AEC Medium

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Last weekend from June 3rd to June 5th, our Proximi team had the honor to join a talented and passionate community in the second AEC Hackathon in Helsinki. Many ideas were hatched in mere few days, which was fascinating to watch.

One remarkable hack that caught our attention was from team @BIMforAll, as we have mentioned in our most recent blog post about the event. The hack, although still only a prototype, signified budding changes in the AEC industry. In its prototype form, the hack allows users to post tweets and immediately edit BIMs.  Read More