The IndoorAtlas Beacon Planner (BETA) is a tool which helps you plan beacon deployments in your locations. You can use the Planner to
1. Assess the number of beacons required for your venue.
2. Based on the outline of mappable area, the Planner automatically creates a beacon installation map that evenly covers the area.
Note that the beacon locations proposed by the Planner are not used / needed for positioning, it's solely for planning the beacon setup. The signal data recorded with MapCreator is used to enable using beacons in positioning.
You can also manually place the beacons in the Planner and the Planner will compute coverage analytics. Make sure to read on the motivation to use beacons with IndoorAtlas first and beacon installation guide.
Opening Beacon Planner
The Beacon Planner is available through the Location overview page in the IndoorAtlas web tool, as well as through this link (you need to have IndoorAtlas locations to take advantage of it).
The Planner provides a few preset choices for beacon density. In the denser deployments the beacons are assumed to have lower transmission power.
Selecting the density affects mainly the first fix accuracy and convergence time, i.e. the initial accuracy you get after cold starting positioning at some x,y in the venue and the time and distance you need to walk for getting the best tracking accuracy.
Sparse density approximates the situation where you don't care about the first fix accuracy, but the devices can still hear at least one beacon everywhere in the venue to get a rough first fix. Tracking accuracy when walking is lower for a longer time/distance due to less information available for determining the device position. In other words, sparse setup minimizes the required beacon count, trading off some accuracy. In sparse density the beacon power should be set to -4dBm. The distance between beacons in the plans is about 20m.
The intermediate density tries to balance between required density of beacons and the resulting first fix and tracking accuracy. In intermediate setup the beacon power should be set to -4dBm. The distance between beacons is about 15m.
The dense setup gives both good first fix accuracy and good tracking accuracy with a shorter walk to reach the maximum accuracy of 2-5m. In dense setup the beacon power should be set to -8dBm. The distance between beacons is about 10m.
Creating Beacon Plans and Saving to Cloud
The created plans can be saved to the IndoorAtlas cloud. When opening the Planner, plans saved to the cloud are automatically loaded. The plans can also be exported in GeoJSON format, and the drawn walkable area can be exported as a floor plan mask image.
As the Planner is still BETA, this user interface is subject to change.
To see how the Beacon Planner works, check out the instruction video below.
Workflow with Beacon Planner (Beta)
We recommend the following workflow with the Beacon Planner (Beta)
- Create the plan with Beacon Planner, then manually tune the beacon positions to the closest wall/pillar (or any other preferred install location nearby the automatically suggested location)
- Save the plan e.g. with name "Floor [N] beacon plan"
- Take screenshot of the plan and share to your phone
- Plan (e.g. mentally) the route you'll walk when installing the beacons
- Walk around to install each beacon, checking from the image on the phone screen (optionally mark on the image the locations where you've installed a beacon)