QuickIPS for Quuppa ― Indoor Positioning System developed by FileMaker


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 We, Tsuchiya Planning Company, are planning to release the FileMaker-developed IPS application QuickIPS for Quuppa for indoor positioning systems by Quuppa in the Spring of 2024. This product receives the real-time location information of people and objects provided by the Quuppa Positioning Engine and is developed using FileMaker to display their locations on the maps of devices such as PC, iPhone and browser.

This article provides an explanation of this product.

What is Quuppa?

    Quuppa is a system designed to provide indoor location information for people and objects. It is a product of the Finnish company Quuppa Oy. This product is referred to as a Real-Time Location System (RTLS) or Indoor Positioning System (IPS). In this system, tags (beacons) are attached to people and objects, and the system calculates their positions based on the signals emitted by these tags. It is somehow similar to GPS but specialized for indoor use in areas where satellite signals may not reach, and it offers higher positioning accuracy than GPS. Additionally, since the tags use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), they are energy-efficient and can operate for extended periods.

   Quuppa primarily consists of tags, locators, and positioning engine (software).

Tag (Sensor)  

QT1-1 tag
Attached to people or objects and emit signals, sometimes referred to as beacons.

Q35 Locator
Receives signals from the tags and sends them to the positioning engine.
Positioning Engine (Software)

Quuppa Positioning Engine
Receives tag information sent through locators, calculates the position information for each tag, and passes it to the application. Server required.

QuickIPS for Quuppa

    Quuppa's positioning engine provides tag location information in CSV and JSON formats through UDP Push and REST. User applications, such as displaying the positions of people and objects on a map, are typically developed by the implementing companies. However, developing these applications can be time-consuming and costly. Our QuickIPS for Quuppa is designed to reduce the effort and cost involved in this development work.


1. Possible to quickly implement IPS applications

    QuickIPS for Quuppa (hereinafter referred to as "QuickIPS") provides a 'Floormap' feature that displays the locations of tags on a map. Installation is easy, and with initial configuration such as importing floor images and aligning coordinates, you can quickly display the tag locations on the floor map.

    QuickIPS allows IPS system implementation personnel to envision the applications that end-users will use in the early stages of the project.

2. Customization with FileMaker

    QuickIPS is created with FileMaker, and a development version will also be provided. FileMaker is well-known as a low-code development tool, and developers can use FileMaker to customize QuickIPS, enabling them to develop high-quality IPS applications in a short amount of time.

3. Variable floormap development tools

 QuickIPS offers five types of floormaps. When customizing using the development version, in addition to FileMaker's standard features, you can also utilize JavaScript library plotly (free) and the FileMaker plugin xmCHART (paid third-party).

3-1. Scatter floormap

 It is developed using FileMaker's scatter plot chart, and while its features are limited, development is straightforward.

3-2. Object floormap

  It is developed using FileMaker's features, primarily merge fields and scripts, allowing for more advanced development compared to the Scatter Floor Map. Additionally, this floor map is unique compared to other floor maps, and customization during installation is required, necessitating the purchase of the development version.

3-3. xmCHART floormap

 It is developed using the FileMaker plugin xmCHART (paid), allowing the development of floor maps through the use of external functions provided by this product for FileMaker. Mastery of these external functions may require some learning, but they offer excellent flexibility and scalability for chart creation, and can be used for various chart types.

3-4. Plotly floormap

 It is developed using JavaScript and the JavaScript library Plotly. Developers are required to have skills in Plotly, but it offers excellent flexibility and scalability for chart creation and can be used to create various types of charts.

3-5. QuickIPS page (FileMaker client license independent)

 Unlike the aforementioned floormaps, it does not require FileMaker client licenses and displays the floormap in a web browser. As it does not require the same licenses, it is cost-effective in environments with a large number of users.

   However, for operation, one FileMaker Server license and one FileMaker Pro license for configuration management are required. Additionally, building a web server using Python, Plotly, Flask, and Waitress may also be necessary.

3-6. Development tools comparison

 The floorsmap are developed using the following five tools.

(Dev tools)

Initial  dev


Exten-sibility  Additional information
1.Scatter low low

  • Using the standard FileMaker scatter plot chart, it is simpler compared to Object.
  • Simpler compared to object tool.

Medium Medium

  • Develop using FileMaker standard merge fields and scripts.
  • Coordinates in centimeters are rounded to meters.
  • Experience in FileMaker development required.
  • A development version is required for development.




  • Uses xmCHART (separate purchase required).
  • Utilizes xmCHART's proprietary language.
  • Development through FileMaker's external functions.
  • Possible to develop features such as heatmaps and tracking (path tracking), among others.

4.plotly High High

  • Uses plotly (freeware) and JavaScript with plotly.
  • Possible to develop features such as heatmaps and tracking (path tracking), among others.

5.QuickIPS pages Very high Very high
  • Executes in a web browser.
  • Unlike other maps, it does not require FileMaker client licenses for each device.
  • Developed using JavaScript and plotly
  • Less feature-rich compared to other maps.
  • High development complexity (non-low-code).
  • Requires a web server

3-7. "Picker" for selecting tags

 You can use the Picker to select multiple tags of interest and display only those on the floor map.

Multiple tags selectable

 4. Supports three modes: AUTO, MANUAL, and HISTORY


AUTO: Automatically displays tag locations in real-time.
MANUAL: Clicking the update button displays the current tag location.
HISTORY: Displays past location saved in the database as specified by the user.

5. Error graph and error summary features

 By pre-registering the coordinates of stationary tags in the tag master, you can graphically visualize or aggregate the discrepancies between the actual coordinates and the coordinates calculated by Quuppa. Use this when determining the placement of locators while checking the accuracy of the calculated coordinates.

6. Available on various platforms

 The various features of QuickIPS operate on various platforms.

No Features FM Pro FM Go WebDirect Browser Note
1 Configuration  
2 Floormap adjustment  
3 AUTO mode  
4 HISTORY mode  
5 MANUAL mode  
6 Scatter floormap  
7 Object floormap  
8 xmCHART floormap  
9 Plotly floormap  
10 QuickIPS page  
11 Positioning error summary  
12 Positioning error graph  
13 Picker (tags selection)  


  • 'Quuppa' is a trademark of Quuppa Oy.
  • FileMaker Pro is required for initial setup and maintenance.
  • WebDirect is a feature of FileMaker Server that allows you to use functions created in FileMaker on a web browser. To use WebDirect, in addition to FileMaker Server, a FileMaker client license is required for each user.


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