The indoor location area continues to explode. Mobile applications delivering indoor maps and location search are spreading through the retail, medical and airport industries. Announcements from Apple, Google and other major companies continually tell us that location positioning is coming indoors.
But a quieter side of indoor location, consisting of technologies implemented in chips, is poised to bring as big a location revolution to market. First, by incorporating indoor location technology into chips in mobile devices, chip companies can make indoor positioning ubiquitous and always-available. Second, by incorporating indoor location technology into chips inside everyday things, from robots and toys to appliances and keychains, these chips can enable everything around us to be location-aware.
This report analyzes chip-based indoor location technology from nineteen companies, including the world's biggest chip makers and smaller start-up companies. Some of these companies, primarily the major chip-makers, are endeavoring to bring ubiquitous location positioning to mobile devices. Others are making chips that enable indoor location tracking in third-party electronic products. Several companies have recently been acquired.
Grizzly Analytics predicts that by the end of 2016, mobile devices on the market will offer chip-based ubiquitous location tracking. Also in 2016, electronic devices that track their own locations indoors will become commonplace in the market. The race is on to determine whose chips will deliver these capabilities.
Published: November 10, 2015
Summary Table of Chip-Based Indoor Location Technologies
Indoor Location Positioning: Current State and Trends
Indoor Location Positioning Methods and Their Tradeoffs
Chip-Based Indoor Location Positioning
Indoor Location Technology R&D from Major Chip Manufacturers
(Analysis of indoor technology from eight companies)
Chip-Based Indoor Location Start-up Companies
(Analysis of indoor technology from nine companies)
Hardware Components Based on 3rd Party Chips
(Analysis of indoor technology from two companies)
Future Trends in Indoor Location