This training module was developed by Zigpos GmbH (
Author: Nicola Dorigatti, Trilogis Srl. The material is provided under the Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication License (

Among the different systems available for indoor localization, this module provides a detailed guide on how to install, prepare and run one of them, namely the positioning system developed by Zigpos and based on wifi technology. In this system, a set of devices (tags) are connected to an existing wifi network and to a central server which is able to estimate their positions. Guidelines are provided on how to setup the system, which implies to set up a gateway and integrate it into an existing wifi network, define the positions of the wifi access points and add them to the system, define a background map of the indoor area, set the wifi settings for the mobile tags and add the tags to the system. Guidelines are then provided on how to configure and make use of a client application able to visualize the tag real-time positions, position history and heatmap of positions, and their distance from the router. The training material consists of supporting textual documents. The module is a self-learning module, but requires the physical availability of the Zigpos wifi based positioning system to be taught.


This module is composed of the following learning unit:

  1. User guide for the wi-fi based positioning system

Learning outcomes

After the training offer, the participant will be able to identify and describe the components of an indoor positioning system; to configure, use and tune an indoor positioning system in a real case study; to perform indoor positioning measures, understanding the conditions influencing the quality and time of the measurement and the nature of their output; to access positional data in order to programmatically use it to develop custom solutions such as evaluation of positional accuracy and real-time tracking of people’s movement.

Intended Audience

Students in a field related to GIS and GIScience, professionals and stakeholders that need to either setup an indoor localization system or access and interpret indoor positioning measures.


A basic knowledge of positioning (reference/coordinate systems, topographic measures, etc.) is recommended.


Textual documents. The module is a self-learning module.

Expected workload
Expected workload is 3 hours.