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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 ArcGIS IPS. Survey recordings can be uploaded from IPS Setup to an ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise organization and converted to indoor positioning data using the Generate Indoor Positioning Dataset tool in ArcGIS Pro. If you have precise beacon positions and detailed wall information of the facility, an alternative approach is to generate indoor positioning data using the Generate Indoor Positioning Dataset tool without surveying the facility. Once you share an Indoor Positioning Data Service and enable ArcGIS IPS for your web map, you can test positioning accuracy using the IPS Setup app.

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 Wi-Fi 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 information is used by the Generate Indoor Positioning Dataset tool in ArcGIS Pro to generate positioning information, 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 Indoor Positioning Data Service.

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 multiple devices must be used, use the same brand and model. Sensors differ from device to device and may result in different levels precision. When processing survey recordings, the Generate Indoor Positioning Dataset tool automatically detects when different device models are used and provides a warning about the risk of lower positioning accuracy.

IPS Setup components

ArcGIS IPS Setup includes the following components:

  • Map list—View map details, set favorites, load maps, and access the recordings list and profile menu.
  • Map mode—Visualize floor plans, switch between floors in a facility, test the positioning accuracy, and access the Survey mode.
  • 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. Before conducting a survey, you can plan the survey path in one of the following ways:

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