Set Up the Infrastructure¶
In order to start implementing indoor navigation via the Navigine products, you need to decide on the infrastructure components that you want to use:
- newly-deployed infrastructure, based on iBeacons
- existing infrastructure based on Wi-Fi routers
Select the most suitable approach according to the descriptions given in the rest of the "Set Up the Infrastructure" section. You can also use a combination of the infrastructure components. For complete guidelines on configuring the infrastructure, refer to Setting Up the Infrastructure.
Pros and Cons of the iBeacon Infrastructure¶
Use the iBeacon approach for setting up the infrastructure if you aim to implement indoor navigation from scratch. In case if you don't have the Wi-Fi infrastructure inside your location, this is the best choice for you, as
- Beacons cost way less than Wi-Fi routers.
- Beacons are easier to install, as they are smaller and work on batteries. It takes a year or two for an iBeacon to run out of power. Then you can simply replace the battery.
- iOS devices do not support Wi-Fi network scanning, which means the beacons are the only choice for you if you want to create navigation Application for public use.
- Configuring the infrastructure of multiple beacons is easier and takes less time, if compared with the Wi-Fi approach.
To set up the infrastructure with iBeacons, simply install about 8-15 beacons per 1000 square meters. For more information about configuring the beacon infrastructure, refer to Configuring iBeacons.
Pros and Cons of the Wi-Fi Infrastructure¶
Consider using the Wi-Fi approach only in case you
- Already have a network of interconnected Wi-Fi routers deployed.
- Target using Android devices only, as iOS devices do not support Wi-Fi network scanning.
Even if the aforementioned parameters match your aims, we still recommend you to consider using the iBeacon approach as it has a wider future and is way easier to configure. Anyway, for more information on configuring an existing Wi-Fi network for indoor navigation, see Configuring Wi-Fi Infrastructure.