Asynchronous ultrasonic trilateration for indoor positioning of mobile phones

Viacheslav Filonenko, Charlie Cullen, James D. Carswell

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In this paper we discuss how the innate ability of mobile phone speakers to produce ultrasound can be used for accurate indoor positioning. The frequencies in question are in a range between 20 and 22 KHz, which is high enough to be inaudible by humans but still low enough to be generated by today’s mobile phone sound hardware. Our tests indicate that it is possible to generate the given range of frequencies without significant distortions, provided the signal volume is not turned excessively high. In this paper we present and evaluate the accuracy of our asynchronous trilateration method (Lok8) for mobile positioning without requiring knowledge of the time the ultrasonic signal was sent. This approach shows that only the differences in time of arrival to multiple microphones (control points) placed throughout the indoor environment is sufficient. Consequently, any timing issues with client and server synchronization are avoided.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science
Subtitle of host publicationW2GIS 2012: Web and Wireless Geographical Information Systems
EditorsS Di Martino, A Peron, T Tezuka
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg GmbH
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783642292477
ISBN (Print)9783642292460
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes


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