The Indoor Positioning System or IPS is an easy-to-use system that offers precise information about a user’s location within a complex facility. Where the GPS or Global Positioning System depends on signals received from 3 or 4 of the 32 satellites in orbit around the Earth, the Consui-IPS makes its calculations solely based on the information provided by iBeacons. These are small electronic devices designed by Apple, but produced by Consui, that send a Bluetooth signal every 100 milliseconds, to be picked up by smartphones in the vicinity. This information can then be used in any mobile application linked to servers on the Internet.
Generally speaking, the system consists of three parts: first, there are the iBeacons, which emit their info on Bluetooth LE. Second, there are the applications downloadable on the smartphones and tablets of visitors, passengers, customers or patients who then pick up and forward that info, and finally the connection must be made to the servers, which are to be found in the cloud and are taking care of the managing of all the info, to store it and transform it into useful information for the visitor, passenger, customer or patient.