Maps & Indoor Location

Learn how to add and manage custom map layouts for indoor location.

Introduction to Maps & Indoor Location

Maps enable you to upload custom map layout, mark locations and enable real-time Indoor Location for your customers so that they can easily find their way to a desired point. App uses a combination of iBeacon technology to enable accurate Indoor Location.

Minimal requirements for Indoor Location: at least 3 beacons per 10 m2 room.




Add Map

  1. Go to Maps and click Add Map.
  2. Pick a name for your Map.
  3. For a multi-storey building you need to add Map for each floor. Please select the floor number (index) and define custom 4 character label that will be displayed with the index on a map.
  4. Upload Map Layout image (PNG or JPG). This image is going to be displayed in the user app.
  5. Type in the Address where map is located and adjust the position of the visible radius to cover and match the physical location of the map.
  6. Click Add Map and your first map has just been successfully added. The next step is to Mark Locations on the map.





Mark Locations

Location is a point you add on the uploaded map to highlight the user position as soon as the user gets in proximity of the beacon in this area. Location is directly related to a specific beacon, but Location's point on a digital map should not reflect the physical location of the beacon in most scenarios. For example, if you have a beacon located in Room A on a south wall, it is best to mark Location with a point in the center of the Room A on a digital map because indoor maps provide approximate user position only.

  1. Go to Maps and click Mark locations button next to your map.
  2. In the top left corner select a trigger (beacon) from the dropdown list and click Add button.
  3. Please notice a blue point in the top left corner of the map. Use this beacon to mark first location on a map (beacon on a digital map should not reflect the physical location of the beacon in most scenarios, if you have a beacon located in Room A on a south wall, it is best to mark its location in the center of the Room A on a map).
  4. Repeat this process if you want to use more beacons. You can use as many beacons as you want to increase the precision of indoor location.





Tips & Troubleshooting


What are the optimal beacon settings for Indoor Location?
We recommend to set your beacons to -16 dBm broadcasting power and at 300 ms advertising interval - this will enable a precision to about 3 meters (9.8 feet). You can also use Estimote Stickers for location triggering, the requirement is that they need to be set to iBeacon protocol (not Nearable) and each Sticker needs to have the same UUID (as a default each Sticker has a different UUID).