How does it work?
Free for users to download
Users dowload PowerNav free of charge from the app store or scan a QR code provided by the organisation
(for example, an appointment letter from a hospital, event invitation from a gallery or similar).
Users are greeted by the app on arrival at the venue and asked to select their destination from a directory.
PowerNav provides simple step-by-step instructions to guide users effortlessly to their required destination.
Why don't we just use WiFi?
PowerNav uses Bluetooth beacons positioned throughout the site, along with inbuilt smartphone technologies to provide accurate position tracking for indoor navigation.
The advantages of Bluetooth for Wayfinding
Bluetooth beacons are specifically designed for indoor positioning and provide more accurate location results than WiFi
Supports User Privacy
Bluetooth users must ‘allow’ detection and ‘opt-in’ for notifications, whereas WiFi needs no permission to track and send notifications
Low Deployment Costs
The per unit price of Bluetooth beacons is a fraction of the cost of WiFi routers
Low Power Consumption
Bluetooth uses less than 3% of the device battery power required by WiFi for same task
Bluetooth is designed for portable equipment and requires minimal configuration compared to WiFi
Bluetooth uses weak signals meaning that devices can communicate in ‘noisy’ environments (e.g. hospitals) without the connection errors experienced with WiFi
Bluetooth is compatable with more devices than WiFi