I’ve been using VPS indoors using two different methods:
In some locations, the indoor GPS is good enough so I just use it as I would outdoors.
For some locations where the GPS isn’t very good indoors, I set up a SpoofLocationService with the specific GPS coordinates of the scan that I made there (you can look that up in your account dashboard)
Hi @Jason_Rose1 I am also interested in indoor use of the VPS like in museums. I see its possible with private scans, but they are only available for testing purpose. Is it possible to add a museum room as a public spot?
Second, is it possible to detect scans offline, stored on the device app, without using the localisation and network? Again talking of a museum use case where you might have ten rooms scanned and saved on device.
Yes, it is entirely possible to apply VPS to a lobby of a public facility. The key is keeping the VPS location to a part of the public facility accessible to everyone. This means that for a place like a library interior to work as a VPS location, one would have to get permission from the company that manages the library or owns the land on which it was built. This is not a standard practice due to the legal ramifications that arise when entering a building. In short, it is possible to use VPS inside a public building, but not encouraged because of the legal precedents involved.
Now Josef, to address your second question, yes it is possible to access your scans offline, but that is not supported by VPS at this time. You would need to create a solution on your own for doing so.
@Jason_Rose1: I am not sure if I understood correctly: would a public museum (where you have to pay a ticket to enter) be a proper VPS location? The AR Experience would be part of the Museum Tour so you don’t need to ask permission to use the phone in the Rooms.
Second question, there would be probably poor or no GPS signal, would it work? In case of no signal, would it possible to give the fixed location of the museum?
I am not sure what the legal ramifications are. I would advise being mindful of potential legal problems even in public spaces. That is why VPS locations are generally outside, where those potential problems do not exist. Any time one goes indoors there are potential legal issues to consider.
As to your second question, I believe that is possible, but again you would run into potential legal issues. We strongly recommend against indoor locations without coming to an agreement with the property owner. If the legal concerns have been addressed you could design a fixed location after taking multiple scans of the area. Keep in mind that the scans in question would be within a 5-meter radius. Vps does not work in a radius larger than that presently. Here is a link to how generating scans works: Generating Scans for VPS
I hope this helps answer your questions. If you have any further inquiries please feel free to create a new topic whenever you wish. We are glad to try and assist you further.
Sorry to get back to you so late, but I don’t get notification of your answer. Will check this.
The 5 meter radius should not be a problem; must the scan be subject centric (like a statue) or can it be also around the user (like room walls)
About your suggestion please create a feature request post here on discourse. Be as detailed as possible so we can submit it to Niantic’s engineers.
As to your question about the scan being subject-centric, yes the scan has to be of an object that you can freely access and move around. This is how you get a complete scan. Scans of walls are difficult but not impossible. I have included a link to the best scanning practices portion of the user manual. Hopefully, this helps answer your question.