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Indoor positioning system redefining navigation

Australia: Engineers are testing different indoor positioning system (IPS) technologies to find out which works best. BMW too has announced the development of an IPS that can guide drivers to an empty parking spot in a multi-storey car park and later help them find their car again, according to New Scientist report. Several such technologies formed part of the show at the Zurich Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation conference.

Advocators of IPS technology want public buildings to be peppered with wireless transmitters that will help people find their way around. Personal IPS devices might then help people locate a specific shop in a large mallor a departure gate at an airport.

It is hoped some of the flaws of in-car GPS systems will not be repeated in the indoor units. For example, the tendency of GPS systems to say “turn left” a split second after you’ve passed a turn-off could cause logistical issues in crowded shopping centres, where stopping suddenly can easily result in a consumer being rear-ended by another person and in the worst cases, lead to multi-person pile-ups.

Psychologists also hope that the introduction of IPS systems will mean the family car is no longer a flashpoint for conflict. Now couples will be able to argue about whether it’s the computer’s fault or the spouse’s fault indoors as well as out, leading to a much better balance in marital disharmony.

The directions to the nearest relationships counselling service will, of course, be stored on all devices. The screen will automatically show this information in the event of the IPS unit being subjected to trauma with a blunt instrument or submerged in water.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald