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ABI Research’s location and tracking technologies research uncovers new forecasts and trends that extend beyond the traditional outdoor positioning and navigation systems. Our research focuses on the foundational building blocks of location ecosystems, as well as the potential deployment prospects in smart home, smart city, health, retail, automotive, industrial IoT, AR/VR, in-building location, and navigation, asset tracking, beaconing, and robotics markets.

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Location Technologies, Devices, and Services

The first part of this database presents forecasts for in-dash, portable, and handset-based navigation systems and solutions for each region. It includes navigation hardware and software shipments, as well as revenue and market penetration levels. Also included are tables depicting vendor market share information. The second part contains current data on subscribers, revenue, and publicly announced commercial carrier deployments for the location-based services (LBS) sector. The data are broken down by location-based service type: personal navigation, enterprise (workforce/asset tracking/management), family tracking, information and POI, and friend finder. They cover all major regions of the world: Asia-Pacific, North America, South America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.


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VLC: Competitive or Complementary to Beacons in Retail?

2Q 2017

Retailers are increasingly embracing indoor positioning systems (IPS) as they seek to improve the consumer experience. This was further demonstrated at ShopTalk 2017, a commerce event that took place during March in Las Vegas. A number of vendors and solution providers showcased their latest improvements for Internet of Things (IoT) technologies aimed at retailers. Visible light communication (VLC) technology was among many retail technology solutions exhibited at the show from the likes of Acuity Brands, Point Inside, and Foursquare.

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