NaveBees: An Indoor Navigation System (Case Study Masjid Al-Haram)

Al-Haram, the Holy Mosque in Makkah, is the world’s largest mosque. It occupies an area of 356,000 square meters and accommodates around 2 million people in peak seasons, and is currently being expanded to 750,000 square meters. Navigating through this massive structure poses a challenge for the millions of first-time visitors every year, millions of locals that visit frequently, and the thousands of management and operational staff. This project plans to build an Indoor Navigation System for Haram. The objective of the system is to provide:

  1. An efficient indoor localization system using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).
  2. Map software for mobile devices that enable location and points of interest viewing.
  3. An on-map routing service for easy navigation inside Al-Haram.
  4. An API for services/applications that could run on-top of the navigation system, such as a Tawaf or Saii counter, FindMyFriends, Haram Tour Guide and the Emergency Dispatch.

While the system is targeted at Al-Haram, the aim is to make it beneficial in any mappable indoor structure such as malls and university campuses.