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Indoor location with the Bluetooth Low Energy standard

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Indoor location is finally beginning to deliver on promises made over the last decade. Low cost deployment using simple, power efficient sensors is driving this development. This presentation will provide a survey of mobile location technologies that employ the Bluetooth Low Energy standard paired with the capabilites of recent mobile devices. After moving on to consider the cross platform capabilities of recent vendor protocols, the talk will weigh the pros and cons of various uses of triangulation, proximity and hybrid GPS/Wifi/Bluetooth in location applications. Finally, a live demo of proximity, ranging and position using Bluetooth Low Energy devices and the iBeacon protocol will be conducted within the presentation room.

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Indoor location with the Bluetooth Low Energy standard

  1. 1. Indoor Location with Bluetooth LE zak james <zj@smartpointgeo.com>
  2. 2. Indoor location • historical attempts • Google/Apple/HERE approaches • DIY
  3. 3. cc-by-sa flickr.com/photos/intelfreepress/8401881183
  4. 4. cc-by-sa flickr.com/photos/alexlaurie/311197669
  5. 5. cc-by-sa flickr.com/photos/codeofthenew/15194542911
  6. 6. cc-by-sa flickr.com/photos/adafruit/14682119394
  7. 7. Bluetooth 4.0 LE • new technology, old name • the advertising profile • information payload • network communication • device cost
  8. 8. cc-by-sa flickr.com/photos/archer10
  9. 9. cc-by-sa flickr.com/photos/avlxyz/14536542363
  10. 10. cc-by-sa flickr.com/photos/pennstatelive/15430351348
  11. 11. iBeacon protocol • a specific advertising string • simple iOS 7/8 API with events • integrated with other location features
  12. 12. iBeacon protocol UUID major id minor id measured power 128 bits 16 bits 16 bits 8 bits
  13. 13. You are here
  14. 14. Applications • Presence • Inventory • Position • Additional sensors
  15. 15. Beacon Modes • Detection • Ranging • Limitations • battery life • signal attenuation
  16. 16. Upcoming developments • RF power harvesting • wifi-enabled hubs • sensor platforms jaalee.com
  17. 17. kontakt.io
  18. 18. punchthrough.com/bean
  19. 19. The fine print • ‘fleet’ management • security • privacy
  20. 20. Demo
  21. 21. Questions? zak james zj@smartpointgeo.com @mapzak

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