Geolocation & Indoor Positioning

geolocation app feature development

Depending on your needs, MyOrpheo can develop a custom positioning solution for your site, indoors, outdoors or both.


Today most mobile devices including iPhone, Android and Windows Phone include GPS receivers which allow users to be displayed on a map. This technology can also enable you to create custom digital floor planning Android & iOS apps for your visitors.

Geo-location can work in two different ways:

• Offline capabilities:  In this scenario, a geo-tagged map of the site is embedded into the app. The user position is then displayed on this map within a radius of 5 meters. Using a custom map interface, this method allows the app to display custom branded maps without the need for a mobile internet connection.

• Online capabilities: Using Google Maps API, the app actually combines the incoming GPS signal with topography data provided by the API. In this case, the user’s position can be displayed within a radius of 2 meters.

Geolocation streamlines the visitor experience by allowing easier navigation to points of interest and providing relevant multimedia content at those points.

Check out the Site of the Pont du Gard Project to see what Geolocation can do.


Indoor Positioning

In certain areas-a shopping mall or museum for example-mobile devices are unable to receive a GPS signal. In these cases, indoor positioning solutions work best. This type of positioning can work using several technologies:

  • •Bluetooth beacons placed around a building’s infrastructure send signals to mobile devices which they interpret to display the user’s location.
  1. •Existing or dedicated WiFi infrastructure can be used to display the user’s position relative to nearby WiFi access points. Using this technology, WiFi signals from several access points are triangulated to accurately display the user’s position. This solution is very useful for buildings with extensive WiFi networks.
  1. •MEMs (microelectromechanical  sensors) use a variety of different technologies such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, digital compasses, and barometers. The data collected via these systems can be used to interpret where a user is located relative to the entrance, without the need for many beacons or hardware installation. For example, an Android phone’s gyroscope could detect a user climbing up stairs and subsequently display a map of the second floor. MyOrpheo has performed a proof of concept with the International Olympic Committee in the scope of the Olympic Museum Project.


Check out the Connected Mobile Experiences solution developed for Cisco.