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Deploy ArcGIS IPS

ArcGIS IPS is an indoor positioning system extension that provides geolocation for a wide variety of indoor location uses. With ArcGIS IPS, your indoor location is displayed as a blue dot on an indoor map. You can navigate to people, places, and assets inside a facility in real time. With the integration of the indoor positioning system into the ArcGIS system, ArcGIS users can improve their operational efficiency by making better-informed decisions.

To use ArcGIS IPS, you need ArcGIS Pro to create the ArcGIS IPS Information Model, floor plan data, and a positioning file. You also need an ArcGIS organization on ArcGIS Enterprise or ArcGIS Online to host shared data.

To enable indoor positioning for a facility, you must first survey the facility to collect data about the indoor spaces. ArcGIS IPS Setup is a mobile app for Android and iOS that allows you to plan survey paths or import existing plans and perform survey recordings inside facilities and sites to collect location data. You can then upload recordings from the IPS Setup app to an ArcGIS organization and use them to create a positioning file.

Follow these steps to configure an indoor positioning system using ArcGIS IPS:

  1. Configure your ArcGIS organization on Enterprise or ArcGIS Online.
  2. Complete the prerequisites to create the ArcGIS IPS Information Model and curate floor plan data.
  3. In ArcGIS Pro, prepare a map for use with the IPS Setup app.
  4. Optionally, create survey paths in ArcGIS Pro.
  5. Share the map as an editable web map to your ArcGIS organization.
  6. Open the web map in the IPS Setup app and perform surveys.
  7. In ArcGIS Pro, generate a positioning file.
  8. In the ArcGIS IPS Setup app, test the indoor positioning system.
  9. Enable the indoor positioning system in mobile apps.

Required software

One of the following is required:

  • The latest version of ArcGIS Enterprise for a portal connection
  • An ArcGIS Online organization

Required hardware

ArcGIS IPS uses your facility’s existing network infrastructure and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons to provide real-time indoor location information. For optimal performance, the BLE beacons should be configured as follows:

  • Transmission protocol: iBeacon
  • Transmission frequency: 350 ms
  • Transmission Power level: TX Power 2 (-16 dBm @ 1m) (depends on your facility's physical characteristics)

The recommended beacon brand is kontakt.io.