Mobility

Exploiting Radio Irregularity in the Internet of Things for Automated People Counting

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Executive Summary

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a new concept that refers to an Internet connecting not just computer systems but a plethora of systems, devices, and objects, collectively referred to as "Things", and encompasses technologies for identification and tracking, sensing and actuation, both wired and wireless communications, and also, intelligence and cognition. Wireless communications, which is an integral part of IoT, suffers from radio irregularity - a phenomenon referring to radio waves being selectively absorbed, reflected or scattered by objects in their paths, e.g., human bodies that comprises liquid, bone and flesh. Radio irregularity is often regarded as a problem in wireless communications but, with the envisioned pervasiveness of IoT, the authors aim to exploit radio irregularity as a means to detect people.

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