Wifarer Brings Advanced Indoor Navigation Solution to the Middle East
Global leader in IPS partners with IGNIS Information Technology to offer award-winning indoor wayfinding and location-based services to large venues
San Jose, CA (October 10, 2012) – Wifarer, the leader in indoor positioning technologies in North America, today announced a new partnership with Dubai-based IGNIS Information Technology as it extends its business into Middle Eastern markets, starting in Dubai. The software-as-a-service company provides a robust IPS technology solution offering real-time turn-by-turn wayfinding and high accuracy location-based content to serve both large venues and consumers.
Winner of multiple technology and innovation awards, Wifarer’s proprietary technology uses a venue’s existing Wi-Fi infrastructure to pinpoint the indoor location of a user’s smartphone to an average accuracy of 1.3 meters. Unlike other IPS solutions on the market, Wifarer’s technology is easily and affordably deployed and does not require venues to purchase, install or maintain custom hardware. When the app is launched, it automatically downloads the venue’s maps and content, which are controlled and updated by the venue. An innovative solution for confusing transportation hubs and crowded shopping centers, Wifarer not only provides turn-by-turn directions but also automatically delivers multimedia information about nearby objects, amenities and promotions to a user’s smartphone.
“Our company strives to make future technologies available for the challenges of today,” said IGNIS Information Systems’ Managing Director, Melhem A. Harik. “Our partnership with Wifarer is a natural fit as its innovative software-only IPS solution is changing the way consumers navigate the indoors and how complex venues deliver multimedia content. We are looking forward to being the first to bring this award-winning technology into the Middle East.”
The partnership with IGNIS Information Technology reinforces Wifarer’s positioning in the marketplace as the go-to indoor navigation solution for venues. Wifarer’s IPS software is currently being piloted in some of the largest universities, shopping centers, hospitals, sports stadia and airports in North America. Most recently, Wifarer launched its IPS solution at the Royal BC Museum in British Columbia, Canada. The technology enhances the visitor experience by giving visitors the ability to curate their own tours with real-time navigation and location-based multimedia exhibit information, and has received an unprecedented number of downloads since launch.
“We have the ability to completely tailor an experience based on the venue and what it has to offer,” said Wifarer founder and CEO, Philip Stanger. “With indoor navigation, a much higher level of granularity is required in order to promote content in a finite space. Our proprietary technology allows us to do that in such a way where it is affordable for venues and completely free to consumers. We’re excited to be bringing this turnkey solution to a new market overseas.”
Wifarer announces the partnership during GiTEX Technology Week, the largest technology conference in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia region. The conference is held from October 14-18 at the Dubai World Trade Center in Dubai. Wifarer and Ignis representatives will be on-site to answer questions about the technology and provide additional details to interested parties. For more information about Wifarer, visit www.wifarer.com.
Wifarer is the global leader in indoor positioning technologies for complex venues including shopping centers, airports, hospitals, museums, and campuses. The disruptive technology pinpoints the indoor location of a smartphone to an average accuracy of 1.3 meters and delivers real time indoor “GPS,” location-aware content and powerful venue analytics in a turnkey, custom branded smartphone app. The core innovations are the proprietary algorithms that work with a user’s smartphone and a venue’s WiFi to pinpoint the location of the user inside a venue in realtime, and a business model that gives venues complete control over the content and monetization of their digital space. Additional information can be found at www.wifarer.com and facebook.com/Wifarer or follow @wifarer.
About IGNIS Information Technology
IGNIS Information Technology is a leading-edge IT solutions provider, based in Dubai, UAE, providing a broad range of IP-enabled technology products and services organized in three core lines of business – IT program support and solutions, telecommunications, audio/visual, and security solutions, and technology infrastructure. IGNIS has demonstrated consistent growth during the past three years with over two dozen public and private sector projects successfully completed throughout all seven emirates. By employing a culture dedicated to innovative products and solutions, IGNIS is making future technologies available for the challenges of today. Additional information can be found at www.igniscontracting.com.