Robustness in Fingerprinting-Based Indoor Positioning Systems

Robustness in Fingerprinting-Based Indoor Positioning Systems

Shih-Hau Fang (Yuan-Ze University, Taiwan)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 54
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3528-7.ch003


Indoor positioning systems have received increasing attention for supporting location-based services in indoor environments. Received signal strength (RSS), mostly utilized in Wi-Fi fingerprinting systems, is known to be unreliable due to two reasons: orientation mismatch and variations in hardware. This chapter introduces an approach based on histogram equalization to compensate for orientation mismatch in robust Wi-Fi localization. The proposed method involves converting the temporal-spatial radio signal strength into a reference function (i.e., equalizing the histogram). This chapter also introduces an enhanced positioning feature, which is called delta-fused principal strength, to enhance the robustness of Wi-Fi localization against the problem of heterogeneous hardware. This algorithm computes the pairwise delta RSS and then integrates with RSS using principal component analysis. The proposed methods effectively and efficiently improve the robustness of location estimation in the presence of mismatch orientation and hardware variations, respectively.
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Location awareness has become a crucial concern for various mobile applications (Gu, Lo & Niemegeers, 2009; Perez-Ramirez, Borah & Voelz, 2013; Sun, Zhu, Zhang & Fang, 2011). Recently, numerous studies have addressed location estimation by using existing Wi-Fi infrastructure to compensate for the weakness of the Global Positioning System (GPS) in urban areas and indoor environments (Bahl & Padmanabhan, 2000; Youssef & Agrawala, 2008; Fang, Wang, Huang, Yang & Chen, 2012). Because of the frequent deployment of access points (APs), Wi-Fi-based localization has gained considerable attention over the last several years, and the received signal strength (RSS) is commonly adopted as a positioning characteristic (Bshara, Orguner, Gustafsson & Van Biesen, 2010; Figuera, et al. 2011; Liao, et al. 2011). Among the various Wi-Fi positioning systems, the fingerprinting-based approach, is one of the most feasible solutions (Youssef, Agrawala & Udaya Shankar, 2003; Tsui, Lin, Chen, Huang & Chu, 2010; Fang & Wang, 2011). This chapter focues on the location fingerprinting systems, which is based on a RSS-mapping approach. Based on the pre-recorded RSS from different reference locations, denoted as fingerprints or radio map, the user's location is estimated by mapping the currently measurement with the pre-stored fingerprints. Because this approach provides a high positioning accuracy in a GPS-less environment, researchers have recently proposed various fingerprinting-based localization algorithms (Kuo & Tseng, 2008; Shin, Chon & Cha, 2012). Although Wi-Fi-based localization shows great promise, a key challenge in real-time location estimation is managing the robustness issues (Bernardos, Casar & Tarrio, 2010; Mazuelas, et al. 2009). This chapter will discuss two robustness issues of the fingerprinting localization systems, including the orientation mismatch and heterogeneous hardware.

The first robustness issue discussed in this chapter is the orientation mismatch. The performance of fingerprinting based localization systems degrades severely when radio environments between training and testing RSSs differ from each other (Fang, Wang, Chiou & Lin, 2012). In fact, radio irregularity is a common occurrence in wireless environments (Gezici, 2008; Liu, Darabi, Banerjee & Liu, 2007; Roberts & Pahlavan, 2009). One type of radio mismatch is caused by the different user orientations, referred to as “orientation mismatch”. The human body consists of more than 50% water and, hence, might block the transmission of 2.4-GHz Wi-Fi radios (Ladd, et al. 2002). In a fingerprinting-based system, the mismatch between training and locating orientations makes it difficult to accurately determine the location based on RSS patterns. Researchers have performed experiments regarding the impact of user/device orientation on RSS. Previous studies have acknowledged this orientation problem and have indicated that RSS varies substantially depending on the user’s orientation, even at a fixed location (Liu, et al. 2012; Kaemarungsi & Krishnamurthy, 2004).

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