Mobility

FTrack: Infrastructure-Free Floor Localization Via Mobile Phone Sensing

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Executive Summary

Mobile phone localization plays a key role in the fast-growing Location Based Applications domain. Most of the existing localization schemes rely on infrastructure support such as GSM, WiFi or GPS. In this paper, the authors present FTrack, a novel floor localization system to identify the floor level in a multi-floor building on which a mobile user is located. FTrack uses the mobile phone's accelerometer only without any infrastructure support. It does not require any prior knowledge of the building such as floor height. By capturing user encounters and analyzing user trails, FTrack finds the mapping from the traveling time (when taking the elevator) or the step counts (when walking on the stairs) between any two floors to the number of floor levels.

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