As 'always-on' location in smartphones becomes a core part of retail, ambient intelligence, mobile advertising, and the quantified self, sensors have been identified as a key element in supporting high-accuracy, ubiquitous, indoor and outdoor location. Combined with GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other technologies it can enable consistent performance, across a range of different environments. However, sensors suffer from inherent problems that significantly limit their ability in supporting indoor location today. This report aims to identify how these problems are being overcome, who is best placed to do so, and the revenue that will be generated as a result.
The report considers the role that MEMS vendors, GNSS/Connectivity IC OEMS, and sensor/data fusion start-ups can play in enabling this market. It looks at the adoption of multi-axis sensors, the future development of sensor fusion, and how it can be combined with GNSS, connectivity and a host of other emerging data sources to enable high-accuracy data fusion, indoor location, and analytics. Forecasts are provided for motion sensors in handsets, adoption of location-based sensor fusion, and sensor fusion software revenues. A comprehensive review of important location-based sensor fusion companies is also provided.