Nokia Debuts Indoor Positioning System
While GPS and cellular tracking systems have opened up new ways to navigate our daily environments, the viability of the technology is often less than stellar when we find ourselves indoors or in dense urban areas—which is a lot of the time. Nokia has released a trial technology that allows users to pinpoint their location indoors inside the Kamppi Shopping Center in Helsinki. The service will present shoppers with their location inside the mall along with supplementary information about its stores, coupons, and the ability to share locations with friends via SMS. The service is currently limited to the Kamppi mall and only for users of Nokia’s S60 series, but its potential for a wider roll-out is vast. The unfamiliar interiors and structures we navigate through and around on a near-daily basis, often socially, are just waiting for devices that will intuitively open them up to us.