Apple Is Quietly Making a New Indoor Mapping System


Apple has discreetly launched an RF-based inside positioning app referred to as Indoor Survey, as noticed by developer Steve Troughton-Smith. It appeared just lately on the App Retailer, and the outline says you’ll be able to “drop ‘factors’ on a map throughout the Survey App [to] point out your place throughout the venue as you stroll by way of. As you achieve this, the Indoor Survey App measures the radio frequency (RF) sign information and combines it with an iPhone’s sensor information.” That allows you to discover your place inside a mall, area or different venue “with out the necessity to set up particular ,” in response to Apple

The app seems to be the fruit of Apple’s $20 million buy of WiFiSlam again in 2013. That expertise additionally used WiFi alerts to detect your location inside a constructing. Apple additionally added options final yr that allow builders to get indoor positioning information from from M7 movement sensors on current iPhones. As different Twitter customers identified, Indoor Survey could also be a manner for enterprise customers to funnel information to Apple’s MapsConnect, an app that lets companies “add or appropriate info to assist your clients discover you in Apple Maps.”

Indoor Survey is hidden from the App Retailer search, and is simply accessible by way of a direct hyperlink. Nonetheless, it is proven as model, and accessible for iPhone, iPad and iPod contact gadgets. We have reached out to Apple for extra data.