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Indoor directions are coming to your iPhone


A new iPhone app promising indoor directions could make the mall seem much less daunting.

You’re lost. Chances are, the first thing you do is reach for your phone. But what if you’re not lost in a town or city, but a huge shopping mall or car park? Your phone’s not much good there is it? Well if Apple has anything to do with it, yes it is.

That’s because the firm is working on making indoor satnav a reality. And by the looks of things, it’s not too far off.

Mac-watching website Apple Insider has spotted an app by a company called Indoor Survey that can locate you when indoors. It does this using radio frequency signals and the sensors inside your iPhone. As you walk around an indoor space, the app measure radio frequency signals, combines them with your iPhone’s sensor data, and is able to map your position. Fire it up, and you should be able to find your way to the stairs, the cinema, or the restroom.

Sadly, you can’t download it yet. It’s only accessible via a direct link to its page on the App Store, and then you have to be authorised in order to use it. But hopefully it won’t be long before Apple unveils this kind of tech.

It’s similar to the fruity firm’s iBeacons technology, but more advanced. iBeacons uses Bluetooth to find out where your handset is – and hence where you are – but this indoor mapping tech uses existing Wi-Fi hotspots, making it more accurate. Suddenly, that mall doesn’t seem so daunting.

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