>> ESTIMOTE LAUNCHES INDOOR LOCATION SDK
Right of the heels of launching Estimote stickers - it is SDK time.
has just announced
the Estimote Indoor Location SDK that will allow developers to integrate location
based awareness into their applications using their iBeacon technology with
triangulation algorithms to provide an approximate location (within 1m) in a
In an effort to gain quick adoption; they have made the installation simple.
Indoor positioning isn't a new technology - companies
have attempted to use technologies such as radio signals (WiFi et al) but also
magnetic and inertial measurements to attempt to triangulate a users position
however, they can be quite cumbersome to setup and configure.
iBeacons use low energy Bluetooth as their base technology and it will be
interesting to see how the SDK deals with sporadic received signal strength
indicator (RSSI) values to determine the users position in real time. In my
experience, I have seen these values jump around like a pogo stick and it
typically takes staying still to get stable numbers.
Estimote have released their SDK under the MIT license and have it hosted
on github.com however the "secrets" of how it works isn't available
as only a pre-compiled library exists.