My name is Jimmy Pewtress. I’m co-founder and director at tenthofmarch.co.uk, and have been an iOS developer since early 2010.
For me, the rise of the smartphone use has evolved into four distinct categories:
- Communication/Social – Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp etc
- Entertainment/Gaming – Angry Birds, YouTube, iPlayer etc
- Getting Stuff Done Quicker/Better – Clear, Amazon, Pingit etc
- Location Based Services – Maps, Directions, Local Information etc
Whilst I certainly fall under all four categories, for me the location aspect of mobile devices has always held the most appeal. Of all the things I’d miss without my trusty iPhone, I think the ability to grab it out of my pocket and instantly see where I am, and where I want to get to would be top of the list. It’s become second nature now to have this information available on demand, and the first step down the road of mobile devices becoming so integrated with our physical environment that the boundaries between the two become less and less distinct.
Early 2012′s smartphone map applications are great at getting you to the building you are interested in, but blocked GPS signals render any meaningful navigation once you get indoors impossible. For now. Lots of companies out there are working hard to solve the problems around indoor positioning and navigation, and slowly but surely software development kits are emerging for developers like me to start playing with.
Indoor location based services will be one of the next frontiers of mobile device functionality. Seeing as each time I go to a shopping mall, supermarket, airport, conference centre etc all I want to do is get my phone out and be shown how to get to where I want to be, I’m going to be right there with the early adopters.
This blog will accompany me as I experiment with all the different indoor positioning and indoor navigation systems out there, and get these phones working out where they are inside buildings.