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33 Indoor Location Technologies at Mobile World Congress 2017

The number of companies exhibiting indoor location technologies at the 2017 Mobile World Congress (MWC) skyrocketed to 33!

Before MWC started, we released our Guide to Indoor Location at MWC, with 23 companies:

During the conference we notified our guide recipients of 10 other indoor location exhibitors that we saw. (Sign up here to receive our guide and to be on our mailing list for next year's MWC.)

This is many more indoor location related exhibits that previous years. The area is growing by leaps and bounds! Our recent report on indoor location technologies analyzed and profiled almost 200 companies!

Here are some videos, so you can see the technologies in action, followed by a list of the other indoor location companies that were at MWC.

First up is Philips Lighting, with high-accuracy indoor location positioning based on LED light modulation and visible light communication (VLC) technology:

Next comes Estimote, makers of Bluetooth (BLE) beacons, who introduced self-mapping beacons:

Next comes Quuppa, whose technology we have reported in the past, with their high-accuracy location positioning based on Bluetooth angle-of-arrival (AoA) technology:

Next comes MarvelMind, a relative newcomer, showing high-accuracy location positioning technology based on ultrasonic sound:

Next up is another relative newcomer, Situm, with location positioning based on motion sensing (a.k.a. inertial navigation, pedestrian dead reckoning) combined with radio signals of opportunity:

Next is Yap, a major company from the Far East now moving into Western markets, with proximity solution based also on ultrasonic sound:

Next is a solution from Qualigon, using BLE-based technology from Fraunhofer:

Next is i2Cat, who we have also reported before, with technology based on LED modulation:

Next up is Comba, with network-based location positioning technology that positions all Wi-Fi devices in range:

Next is proximity technology based on modulated LED lighting (VLC) from Oledcomm:

Our last video is a presentation from Panasonic of their HD beacons:

So far we've shown videos from 11 companies. The other 22 indoor location companies at MWC 2017 were:

  • Cisco: The networking giant is expanding their network-based location positioning and analytics
  • Vodafone: IoT localization based on narrowband radio
  • Orange: BLE-based proximity sensing
  • Pole Star: This BLE-based positioning and mapping company also supplied the indoor location positioning for the MWC app
  • MOCA: Indoor location services
  • this indoor location company was telling people about their SLAM-based self-learning technology
  • OnYourMap: We have reported on this positioning company in past years
  • Planet Intus: A more recent entrant, with several technologies in their solution
  • Aisle411: We've reported on this retail application focused company before
  • Pointr Labs: Indoor location positioning
  • InsiderNavigation: Indoor location positioning
  • Combain: Location positioning based on cellular and Wi-Fi signals
  • Sensewhere: Crowdsourcing based indoor location positioning
  • Kerlink: Indoor location for IoT
  • Tile: Tags for thing-finding
  • xAd: Proximity advertising
  • Navigine: Indoor location positioning based on BLE and sensors
  • BriteYellow: Location positioning based on augmented reality
  • Fathom: Beacon management services
  • Proximity and indoor location based marketing and promotion.
  • BeaconInside: BLE-based proximity marketing and geofencing
  • Xtremepush: Indoor marketing and geofencing based on BLE

With 33 exhibitors at MWC, Indoor location is growing! 

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