Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Indoor Positioning using Wifi

SCYP LogoHave you ever wanted to pull up a floorplan on your mobile device to help you find your way?

Jorge Silva, our mobile lead here at the ATRC, and students Jamon Camisso, and Yura Zenevich gave a lunch talk the other day to show off the state of their Wifi based indoor positioning system. It seems they have managed to get within 5 meter accuracy using existing WiFi points and some nifty statistical algorithms. Jamon is looking at how this technology might tie into geolocation efforts such as Mozilla's Geode. We'll also look at connecting with efforts in GNOME, AEGIS and other projects. Exciting stuff.

Here's the quick upload of the talk in five parts. Captions are coming, and apologies for the lighting.

This work is done as part of the SCYP project and like many innovations is coming from an accessibility angle. I think this work provides a nice foundation for all kinds of student engagement here at the University of Toronto and elsewhere.

Thanks for reading.

8 comments:

SteveLee said...

That's really interesting Dave and has some obvious potential in telecare/telemonitoring for older people

If you pop a note on the OATS list I'll pass it on to the Sheffield Uni guys who are working in that space (and who did the Maavis project)

candrews said...

Instead of integrating this really cool but complex and domain specific work into all these different projects, perhaps you could make it a provider for geoclue? http://geoclue.freedesktop.org Geoclue is being considered by webkit and will probably be in a near future Gnome version.

David Bolter said...

@candrews, thanks for the idea. I'll pass it on.

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