A GPS, or global positioning system, can help you and your workers get around while you are outdoors, and this has numerous professional applications. However, GPS technology is largely designed for outdoor use, and it has minimal or no real applications indoors. Indoor navigation systems are now being used increasingly in business environments for a wide range of purposes to compensate for the shortcomings in GPS technology. When you take a closer look at these applications, you may determine that this technology can improve your operations in different ways.
1. Tracking Your Staff’s Movements
You may currently use different methods to track your staff’s movements. For example, you may periodically call them on a two-way radio to determine their locations. As you may be aware, manually tracking your team’s movements is time-consuming and often ineffective. Indoor navigation lets you track movements in real-time through any mobile device. You do not even need to be on-site to track their movements. This can prevent clustering, ensure that your facility is evenly canvassed and more.
2. Tracking Equipment and Vehicles
Just as you can use this innovative technology to track the movement of your team members, you can also use it to track your equipment and vehicles. Many businesses have huge facilities or multiple facilities where golf carts, forklifts and other expensive equipment may be. It is easy to misplace or lose track of some of these items, and you may even have a concern about equipment theft. Through a specialized navigation system, you can easily improve your tracking capabilities and quickly determine if equipment or machines have been removed from your facility. You can also determine which employees are using various machines or equipment at any given moment.
3. Securing Your Facility
Indoor navigation systems are also used to enhance security in some facilities. While you may have safeguards to keep intruders from entering your property, you may need a way to keep authorized personnel from entering secured areas of your facility. For example, you may not want your shipping team accessing a research and development area that has sensitive information or items in it. Through these systems, you can set a perimeter around certain areas, and you can receive an alert when unauthorized individuals venture past this perimeter. There is also a possibility to track inventory and supplies with this technology.
4. Helping Visitors Get Around
If your facility is very large and regularly has numerous visitors each day, using this navigation technology to guide your visitors is a smart idea. For example, it is already used in amusement parks, airports, train stations, malls and other venues to help guests determine where they are located and to provide them with real-time instructions on how to reach their desired destination in the building. This can keep your guests out of secured areas and improve their overall visit to your facility. It can also decrease the amount of time your skilled workers must stop what they are doing to help visitors find their way around your space, and this can have a positive impact on productivity and overall profitability.
Indoor navigation may be a relatively new concept in comparison to GPS technology, but it works in much the same way. More than that, it is has incredible applications in business environments, and these are only a few of the possible uses for it. Whether you want to help people get around or you want to track people, equipment or other items, you can easily use this technology to accomplish your goals. By doing so, you may improve your business in incredible ways.