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Mobile Information Systems
Volume 2016, Article ID 9673048, 12 pages
Review Article

Towards Mobile Information Systems for Indoor Space

1School of Computer Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230027, China
2Key Laboratory of Electromagnetic Space Information, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230027, China

Received 10 December 2015; Accepted 17 February 2016

Academic Editor: Miltiadis D. Lytras

Copyright © 2016 Xiaoxiang Zhang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


With the rapid development of Internet of things (IOT) and indoor positioning technologies such as Wi-Fi and RFID, indoor mobile information systems have become a new research hotspot. Based on the unique features of indoor space and urgent needs on indoor mobile applications, in this paper we analyze some key issues in indoor mobile information systems, including positioning technologies in indoor environments, representation models for indoor spaces, query processing techniques for indoor moving objects, and index structures for indoor mobile applications. Then, we present an indoor mobile information management system named IndoorDB. Finally, we give some future research topics about indoor mobile information systems.