Location-Based Services (LBS) have evolved dramatically over time and will continue to do so. The first waves of these services took the form of outdoor navigation services, proximity marketing solutions, and social applications that integrate points of interest. We are now starting to see the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) era, where many connected devices and objects will require high precision and seamless indoor and outdoor positioning technologies to enable use cases such as seamless way-finding, people and pet tracking, asset tracking, proximity services, geo-fencing, and geo-information services.
The transition toward energy efficiency LED lighting, in conjunction with the proliferation of advanced lighting control systems, is leading to a huge transformation of the lighting industry. This transformation is further amplified with the emergence of connected or “smart” LED lighting, resulting in significantly reduced energy consumption and the provision of better quality of lighting services. In addition, over the last few years, smart lighting infrastructure has begun to incorporate additional value-added features, such as sensor technologies, location services, and telecommunications networking infrastructure. These innovations can vastly increase the utility of a lighting network, and are increasingly being integrated alongside wider IoT platforms now being deployed across numerous verticals, including commercial building automation, retail spaces, industrial environments, smart homes, and street lighting, among many others.