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As navigation looks indoors, new uses appear

Stephen Lawson | March 26, 2012
The maps on smartphones and tablets soon may extend into buildings, but consumers and service providers won't use indoor maps the same as outdoor, participants in the location-based services business said on Wednesday.

Though the technology isn't quite ready yet, indoor positioning shouldn't be dismissed, Skyhook's Brachet said.

"We forget in this industry that four years ago, LBS was really just turn-by-turn navigation and find-my-kids through cell-tower location," Brachet said. "Since then, there's been an explosion of the market ... and I think we'll see the same thing with indoor positioning."


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