Apple's quietly engaged on a brand new indoor mapping system

Apple's quietly working on a new indoor mapping system

Apple has discreetly launched an RF-based mostly inside positioning app referred to as Indoor Survey, as noticed by developer Steve Troughton-Smith. It appeared just lately on the App Retailer, and the outline says you possibly can “drop ‘factors’ on a map inside the Survey App [to] point out your place inside the venue as you stroll via. As you achieve this, the Indoor Survey App measures the radio frequency (RF) sign knowledge and combines it with an iPhone’s sensor knowledge.” That allows you to discover your place inside a mall, area or different venue “with out the necessity to set up particular hardware,” in accordance with Apple.

Properly that is an Apple app I’ve not seen earlier than!

— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) November 1, 2015

The app seems to be the fruit of Apple’s $20 million buy of WiFiSlam again in 2013. That know-how additionally used WiFi alerts to detect your location inside a constructing. Apple additionally added options final yr that allow builders to get indoor positioning knowledge from from M7 movement sensors on current iPhones. As different Twitter customers identified, Indoor Survey could also be a means for enterprise customers to funnel knowledge to Apple’s MapsConnect, an app that lets companies “add or right info to assist your clients discover you in Apple Maps.”

Indoor Survey is hidden from the App Retailer search, and is just out there by way of a direct hyperlink. Nevertheless, it is proven as model, and out there for iPhone, iPad and iPod contact units. We have reached out to Apple for more information.

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