We live in an increasingly digital world. Still, the spaces we spend most of our time in – our offices, retail spaces, bus and train stations – fall behind on digitalization, while being a perfect ground for creating a connected environment. Indoorway is a Poland-based startup that uses their revolutionary technology to make any space digital with their intuitive platform and low-cost localization hardware.
The main functionality of the Indoorway system is creating a real-time digital map of buildings such as offices or public venues. After their beacons are placed in the building, the system automatically localizes people and moving objects. This way, it can help all building users to navigate in the space, send push notifications when a user reaches a certain point (for example, a shop), allow for desk booking in case of offices and analyze traffic. This last function is particularly useful in industrial buildings, where the data gathered by Indoorway can pinpoint bottlenecks or dead spaces.
Indoorway provides not only a set of hardware devices but also an intuitive map creator and a data analysis system. All data is collected and presented on an intuitive dashboard that allows, for instance, for comparison of new traffic trends with historical ones.
„Thanks to our unique localization algorithms, we managed to decrease the number of beacons required to one per 60 square meters,” explains Grzegorz Koblański, the CEO at Indoorway. “Fewer devices mean a lower entry threshold and shorter setup time. In fact, we can implement Indoorway in a 1500 m2 in only four hours.”
The idea of Indoorway was born in 2015. It began as a project focused on an indoors navigation system for fairs and conferences. The founders quickly realized that their idea had a much greater potential and teamed up with Daftcode, a venture-building company. This cooperation allowed them to receive their first funding and find experts in the field, who supported their startup with their know-how. Their system is already thoroughly tested – in the beta phase, it mapped a total of half a million square meters.
The company operates in a SaaS B2B model, providing developers with a scalable SDK. “We believe that smart spaces are brought to life when developers get access to a robust code, continuously improved APIs, and clear documentation. Our SDK has been created by developers and for developers, so the deployment process is quick, transparent and logical,” said Tomasz Janusz, the CTO at Indoorway.
Indoorway has already finished a pilot implementation in an Electrolux factory, where their system collects data about the indoor traffic and helps to optimize the production processes. At the moment, the company focuses on building a customer base (just in the first two weeks of August they got almost 100 new users) and on reaching out to foreign customers.