Enable indoor positioning

Available for an ArcGIS organization licensed with the Indoors extension.

A global positioning system (GPS) is widely used to determine a location anywhere in the world. It works best when there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more satellites. This results in relatively weak signals when you're inside structures, such as buildings. An indoor positioning system (IPS) is used to determine a location inside of buildings by taking advantage of infrastructure such as Wi-Fi access points that are present at and transmit signals from fixed locations.

There are several commercial systems available that use various technologies, including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, for providing IPS. Vendors of such systems need to survey the interior space of buildings to enable indoor positioning. The precision of indoor location information is dependent on the technology used. Bluetooth-based IPS is generally more accurate and reliable than Wi-Fi-based IPS.

ArcGIS Indoors for Android supports Bluetooth-based IPS configured using ArcGIS IPS.


Support for Wi-Fi-based indoor positioning using ArcGIS Indoors IPS will be available in a future release.

Mobile operating systems have location-service-specific settings that determine the most accurate positioning in an indoor space. The following settings are recommended for a good IPS experience:

In Settings > Location, set Location Services > Location mode to High accuracy. Turn on the Scanning setting for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Android Location mode settings
Android Scanning settings

If your organization is using IPS, the mobile map packages must include related configurations.

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