Location Determination and Tracking Using Radio Beacons

Zarimpas, Vasileios and Honary, Bahram and Lund, David and Tanriover, C. and Thanopoulos, N. (2005) Location Determination and Tracking Using Radio Beacons. In: 3G and Beyond, 2005 6th IEE International Conference on. IEEE, London , UK, 207–211. ISBN 978-086341-572-2

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Location awareness is an important capability for a series of wirelessly-enhanced business and consumer mobile applications. Low-cost devices that can be incorporated into a broad range of business and consumer appliances can be used for location determination and tracking. In this paper, we demonstrate a radio beacon-based approach that suggests heterogeneous wireless networks can be joined together to provide wide area tracking capability. Our implementation is based on probabilistic and statistical techniques, where signal strengths measurements from cellular networks are used to estimate the user's location. Simulation results and field tests around Lancaster University campus show that these techniques can achieve good performance (accuracy less than 50 m) compared with traditional deterministic methods (i.e. triangulation).

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