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33 Indoor Location Technologies at Mobile World Congress 2017

The number of companies exhibiting indoor location technologies at the 2017 Mobile World Congress (MWC) skyrocketed to 33!

Before MWC started, we released our Guide to Indoor Location at MWC, with 23 companies:


During the conference we notified our guide recipients of 10 other indoor location exhibitors that we saw. (Sign up here to receive out guide and to be on our mailing list for next year's MWC.)

This is many more indoor location related exhibits that previous years. The area is growing by leaps and bounds! Our recent report on indoor location technologies analyzed and profiled almost 200 companies!

Here are some videos, so you can see the technology in action, followed by a list of the other indoor location companies that were at MWC.

First up is Philips Lighting, with high-accuracy indoor location positioning based on LED light modulation and visible light communication (VLC) technology:




Next comes Estimote, makers of Bluetooth (BLE) beacons, who introduced self-mapping bea…
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http://www.grizzlyanalytics.com/report_2017_01_indoor.html 
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Over 100,000 people are now planning to attend the 2017 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, in February. Many will flock to the newest devices, many to the keynote speeches from market leaders, and many to the latest tech from a huge variety of exhibitors. But how does anyone find all the tech they want to see? Anyone who has been to MWC in the past will tell you that there is no way to be sure you're seeing all that you want to see.

Announcing the Guide to Indoor Location Tech at MWC

We are happy to announce the Grizzly Analytics Guide to Indoor Location Technology at MWC 2017. This guide will be available for free before MWC, and will include entries for all the exhibitors showing or talking about indoor location technologies.
Are you attending MWC? The conference is so big that you might miss some of the great indoor location technologies being shown. Sign up now to receive the guide before MWC, with time to plan your time.
Are you exhibiting indoor location technology at MWC? This guide lets you get the attention of the exact people who are interested in what you are showing. A free basic listing will include your company name, your solution type, your technology category, and the location of your booth or meeting room. If you want, you can pay low rates for expanded entries, including details of your technology, how your solution differs from others, your contact information, and much more.
Are you attending MWC but not exhibiting, but have indoor location to ta…

Videos released from the indoor location testbed

Grizzly Analytics enjoyed running the indoor location testbed at the GeoIoT World Conference in May, 2016. After too long a delay, we're happy to release videos of the ten solutions evaluated at the testbed.

The videos show our team testing and measuring the accuracy of the solutions, but it is important to understand that the final analysis in the testbed report was not based on the physical measurements taken at the time, but rather based on videos and pictures taken in real-time. We did not just rank the solutions in terms of accuracy, but rather measured a variety of metrics, including real-time accuracy, accuracy after stabilization, update speed, consistency, setup and configuration time and more.
So here goes....
First up (in alphabetical order) is BlooLoc. BlooLoc had 2 solutions in the testbed, one phone-based and one that positions their own tags. BlooLoc's phone-based solution, shown in this video, combines BLE multilateration with signal propagation analysis.


BlooL…

Indoor Location Testbed Report Now Available!

Grizzly Analytics announces the publication of a new report analyzing the Indoor Location Testbed which took place at the GeoIoT World Conference in May, 2016. This report analyzes ten indoor location solutions, from eight companies, evaluated along a wide variety of metrics.
There have been indoor location competitions in the past, which often evaluated indoor location solutions in terms of a single measurement of accuracy. In this testbed, Grizzly Analytics has measured many more metrics, including real-time location accuracy, location accuracy after stabilization, time to stabilization, accuracy consistency, set-up time, numbers of beacons or locators deployed, and more. This makes the evaluation much broader in scope and relevant to a wide variety of applications and requirements.
Two solutions were the top performers in the phone-based segment. One solution was the top performer in the infrastructure-free segment. One solution was the top performer in the dedicated hardware segment…