The Department of Innovation at Ferrovial Services Spain recently finished a pilot project to create an indoor localization system based on technology from the Galician startup, Situm.

This system uses movement information collected by cell phone sensors with the intensity of Wi-Fi signals to determine the phone’s exact position inside a building where GPS coverage is scarce or absent; it also works on rooftops and in underground parking lots.  This technology eliminates the need to install extra infrastructure (except in dead zones) to locate a mobile device with a margin of error less than 10 feet.

The system’s app allows the user to see their location on the facility’s map, set a destination and see the route they should follow. It also has a web platform whereby the administrator can see the location of users and heat map histories in real-time. All of the information generated is available in CSV format so the data can be downloaded, processed and integrated into any visualization tool.

This experimental idea concluded after six months of tests at offices in the province of Alicante. Juan Vicente Ibáñez, manager of the Alicante and Murcia offices, and a driving force behind the pilot, says knowing the exact time spent on each activity increases operational efficiency.

“Thanks to the analysis of data provided by this system, the tool enables us to detect hot spots, optimize our workers’  routes, reduce pre-operation times, and optimize resources,” says Juan.

Client Malaga Airport is looking at this technology as a guide service for those with reduced mobility, and our Airbus maintenance contract is already working with the Department of Technology Transfer to implement the technology.