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Introduction to ArcGIS IPS Setup

The ArcGIS IPS Setup app allows you to plan and perform survey recordings inside facilities to collect location data in areas where you want to enable IPS. Survey recordings can be uploaded from IPS Setup to an ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise organization and converted to an indoor positioning file using the Generate Indoor Positioning File tool in ArcGIS Pro. An alternative approach to generate a positioning file without surveying a facility is also available if you have precise beacon positions and detailed wall information of the facility. To do this, you can use the Generate Indoor Positioning File Without Survey tool. Once you create an indoor positioning file, you can evaluate positioning accuracy using the IPS Setup app in Test mode.

Your real-time position is displayed on the survey device as a blue dot. IPS Setup uses Wi-Fi or, more commonly, Bluetooth beacon-based fingerprinting and Received Signal Strength Indication (RSSI) readings from multiple WiFi access points or beacons (network sources) that are measured asynchronously to determine your location. To ensure higher accuracy, RSSI is supported by motion sensors built into smartphones and some tablets, including an accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer.

During the survey, radio frequency measurements are collected. This dataset is used to generate a positioning file by running the Generate Indoor Positioning File tool in ArcGIS Pro, which is then used in the IPS Setup to provide real-time positioning. Positioning is calculated by comparing the beacons’ or Wi-Fi access points' signal strength observed at certain locations with the reference data (fingerprints) stored in the positioning file.

IPS Setup allows you to collect quality recordings that can be used to perform a quality assessment of your deployment by running tools in the Quality Assessment toolset.


Use the same device to conduct the entire survey. If using multiple devices, use the same brand and model. Sensors differ from device to device, and you may experience different precision of IPS based on the device you are using. When processing survey recordings, the Generate Indoor Positioning File tool recognizes if different device models are used and provides a warning about the risk of a lower accuracy.

IPS Setup components

ArcGIS IPS Setup includes the following components:

  • Map list—View map details, set favorites, open maps, and access the recordings list and profile menu.
  • Map mode—Visualize floor plans, switch between floors in a facility, and access Survey and Test modes.
  • Survey mode—Collect radio reference data at an indoor site to build a record of trajectories, survey points, and locations, along with their corresponding geocoordinates during survey or quality recordings. Before conducting a survey, you can plan the survey path in one of the following ways:

  • Test mode—Test the positioning quality of the IPS deployment. You can generate the positioning file you want to test with one of the following two tools in ArcGIS Pro:

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