Esri Buys Austrian Indoor Positioning System Provider, Plans New Indoor Mapping Product
Thursday, February 28, 2019 | Comments

Esri announced the acquisition of indoo.rs, a provider of indoor positioning system (IPS) technology and Esri partner. The indoo.rs software will become part of Esri's ArcGIS Indoors, a new mapping product that enables interactive indoor mapping of corporate facilities, retail and commercial locations, airports, hospitals, event venues and universities.

The acquisition will also provide users of Esri's ArcGIS platform with imbedded IPS location services to support indoor mapping and analysis. The indoo.rs headquarters will also serve as a new Esri research and development (R&D) center based in Vienna, Austria, focused on cutting-edge IPS capability.

The capability to accurately map, manage, navigate and plan indoor spaces is a rapidly emerging market that promises to decrease costs, increase safety and provide users of indoor spaces with a better workplace experience. ArcGIS Indoors does this by providing floor-aware 3D maps and focused apps to support a variety of workplace and facility users, including owners/operators, maintenance and service personnel, security staff, employees, and visitors.

The initial release of ArcGIS Indoors will include the acquired indoo.rs IPS capability to enable ArcGIS Indoors mobile apps to work with iBeacon-based IPS systems, which provide “blue dot” accuracy on mobile devices. ArcGIS Indoors supports other IPS formats such as Apple’s indoor position service, and will add support for other IPS providers in coming releases.

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