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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. Survey every area of your facilities where you want to enable IPS. Survey recordings can be uploaded from IPS Setup to an ArcGIS Online or Enterprise organization and converted to an indoor positioning file using the Generate Indoor Positioning File tool in ArcGIS Pro. Once you create an indoor positioning file, you can evaluate positioning accuracy using the IPS Setup app's 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 beacons (network sources) that are measured asynchronously to determine your location. To ensure accuracy, RSSI is supported by the motion sensor devices built into smartphones and some tablets, including an accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer. During the survey, radio frequency measurements are collected at known locations. This dataset is used to generate a radio map (.db file) in ArcGIS Pro, which can then be accessed from your device. The device's signal strength, observed at a certain location, is compared with the fingerprints stored in the radio map for the same location.


Use the same device to conduct the entire survey. If using multiple devices, use the same brand and model. Because sensors differ from device to device, you may experience different precision of indoor position information based on the device you are using. When processing survey recordings, the Generate Indoor Positioning File tool recognizes when different devices are used and provides a warning about the potentially lower overall accuracy.

Components of IPS Setup

ArcGIS IPS Setup includes the following components:

  • Map list—View map details, set favorites, open maps, and access the recordings list.
  • Map mode—Visualize floor plans, switch between floors in a facility, and access Survey and Test mode from Map 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. Surveying your indoor space is a crucial phase of the data collection process. Before conducting your survey, you can plan your survey path in one of the following ways:

    • Create a survey path in IPS Setup using Plan mode—Sketch paths and add survey points to build a survey route before recording.
    • Create a survey path in ArcGIS Pro and include it in the web map—Use existing paths to execute planned or already surveyed recording paths.

  • Test mode—Test a positioning file after processing survey data with the Generate Indoor Positioning File tool in ArcGIS Pro.

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