Research Lab @ Maxaur
Indoor Positioning: iBeacon vs. wifi

Indoor positioning using iBeacon vs. wifi. Which one is better?

  • Both require an app to be installed by the user for it to work
  • Wifi positioning is readily available across all smartphones
  • iBeacon is based on BLE/Bluetooth 4.0 and is only available on newer smartphones
  • Wifi is relatively inexpensive, but needs investments in Wifi SW/HW (Cisco, Navizon, Meridian, KAIST, WirelessWerx, GISI Indoors, Euclid, etc) to achieve accuracy
  • iBeacon requires new technology/investments and becomes complex to maintain when you scale up

Currently, the two technologies are very similar in performance, and a clear advantage isn't present as of yet.

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