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EMAIL INTERVIEW – Mark Laudon and Ken Sinclair
Mark Laudon, the
founder of LaudonTech,
is a Certified Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professional with
over 25 years of experience in everything to do with mapping.
Mark has worked in every aspect of the mapping industry, ranging from
forestry to utilities to government and everything in between. Mark has
architected numerous enterprise mapping solutions, and as such, has
experienced many botherations. These botherations are what drive Mark
to develop unique, award winning solutions to location based problems.
Positioning System (IPS)
As indoor locationing technologies advance, the applications across industries are limitless.
What is an indoor
Laudon: An indoor
positioning system (IPS) is a system to locate objects or people inside
a building using radio waves, magnetic fields, acoustic signals, or
other sensory information collected by mobile devices*. Indoor mapping provides a
Google Maps like framework for mapping and locating these objects or
persons. Markets researching firms estimate that the global
Indoor Location Market is expected to grow to $3.9 billion by
2019. Indoor mapping is big business.
Sinclair: What can be mapped indoors?
Laudon: Basically anything you find in a building: employees, meeting rooms, IT assets such as computers, printers, etc., facilities assets such as furniture, and building control assets.
What problems do interactive floor
plan maps solve?
Laudon: Interactive floor plan maps solve the simple problem of trying to locate something indoors. By attaching an XY location to an object, the object can be easily searched for and displayed on a floor plan. Paper and PDF floor plans are becoming an inefficient means of quickly locating objects indoors.
Sinclair: Are there advantages to viewing interactive floor plans on mobile devices?
We have seen a couple of scenarios that illustrate the advantages of
viewing interactive floor plans on mobile devices.
What tools are available for
Laudon: For real time indoor positioning mapping, beacon type technologies used to pinpoint mobile device locations are required. GPS does not currently work well indoors. Once a location can be fixed, Floor Plan Mapper can be used to display the locations in real time.
What is the future of indoor
Laudon: Indoor Mapping is just beginning to go mainstream. As indoor locationing technologies advance, the applications across industries are limitless. Turn by turn indoor navigation, guiding the visually impaired, managing drones, emergency locations for first responders, and wayfinding are a few potential indoor mapping applications.
Sinclair: Tell us more about how your work with your clients and how you become part of their enterprise?
Laudon: Being able to take a client’s unique indoor mapping requirements and deliver a tailored application is one of our strengths. Often clients will approach us with a problem; usually a limitation to an existing system. For example, one of our clients has a hardware appliance from Dell which hosts a database of all the Information Technology components (PC’s, servers, networking equipment, outlets, etc). One problem they’ve run into is the inability to locate their assets on a floor plan. After a few back and forth discussions with the client, we went to work designing and customizing a solution that would meet their needs. Once installed, our application was hosted on our clien'ts own server giving them complete ownership of not only the look and feel (branding) but also the source code.
Sinclair: What is the best way to get more information on your products and services?
Laudon: Give us a call
(778.387.2797), or contact us via our online contact portal: http://www.floorplanmapper.com/#contact
Sinclair: Do you have any clients willing to share their Floor Plan Mapper experiences?
definitely. Give us a call (778.387.2797), or contact us via our
online contact portal: http://www.floorplanmapper.com/#contact
to get connected with some of our existing clients.
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