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Directed by Directionality: Benefiting From the Gain Pattern of Active RFID Badges

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Executive Summary

Tracking of people via active badges is important for location-aware computing and for security applications. However, the human body has a major effect on the antenna gain pattern of the device that the person is wearing. In this paper, the gain pattern due to the effect of the human body is experimentally measured and represented by a first-order directional gain pattern model. A method is presented to estimate the model parameters from multiple Received Signal Strength (RSS) measurements. An Alternating Gain And Position Estimation (AGAPE) algorithm is proposed to jointly estimate the orientation and the position of the badge using RSS measurements at known-position anchor nodes.

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