yooBee Software

Overview

The software part of the yooBee Indoor Postionining and Tracking System consists of several components:

  • yooBee Cloud Server: this contains the main intelligence of the system. It runs the yooBee positioning engine and contains the database with the floorplans, the configurations and the calibration data of all the venues where yooBee is deployed. Furthermore it performs license management, user management and authentication.
  • yooBee Cloud Console: this is the on-line GUI (http://api.blooloc.com) with a comprehensive set of web-based tools to configure a venue and prepare for commissioning (see below for more details)
  • yooBee Cloud API
  • yooBee SDKs

 

Cloud Server

The yooBee Cloud Server contains a state-of-the-art indoor positioning engine that uses sensor fusion algorithms to compute the most likely position based on sensor data, RSSI measurements and floorplan information.

The database of the Cloud Server contains the floorplans, the configurations and setups and the calibration data (signal propagation models) of all the venues where the yooBee solution is installed.

The positioning data and events generated by the yooBee Cloud Server are accessible on-line via the Cloud API. By default, the Cloud Server runs on servers that BlooLoc manages in the cloud, but, upon request, it can also be installed and configured in a private datacenter or cloud.

 

Cloud Console

The yooBee Cloud Console is a comprehensive set of web-based tools for:

  • Entering and editing indoor maps and venue structures (walls, obstacles)
  • Placing basestations and beacons on the map, including a precision map
  • Simulation support for app developers
  • Monitoring positions of trackers and smartphones
  • System configuration and monitoring: RF communication quality, device battery status, charging current, temperature.

 

Cloud API

The yooBee Cloud API is a webservice, offered by BlooLoc's servers, accessible using secure HTTP and using JSON for data exchange.

The Cloud API defines methods:

  • To define and query the properties of a venue (floors, walls, obstacles)
  • To define and query the infrastructure (location and status of basestations/sensors)
  • To query the position of trackers or smartphones (real-time of 15 sec delayed)
  • To check movement of trackers or smartphones as well as presence or absence in the venue
  • To track the position of trackers or smartphones over time
  • To retrieve information about the occurrence of events (such as a butten press)

Streaming APIs are provided as an efficient way to receive real-time updates of positions or events.

 

Mobile SDKs

The yooBee Mobile SDK facilitates integration of Indoor Positioning in mobile native apps, running on any iOS or Android (> 4.3) smartphone or tablet. With just a few lines of code, mobile apps can be made location-aware.

The SDK enables configuration, control and access to the Indoor Positioning service, which gathers data from your smartphone's or tablet's inertial sensors and computes the most likely position. This service can continue to run as the app is moved to the background.

The Indoor Positioning service runs on the smartphone or tablet and for privacy reasons the position information is contained in the device. Alternatively, the Indoor Positioning service can be off-loaded to the Cloud Server to minimize the drain of the device's battery. 

The SDK comes with complete reference documentation and an example app which can also be used for immediate testing of your local deployment.