Mobility

On the Empirical Performance of Self-Calibrating WiFi Location Systems

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Executive Summary

The pervasive deployment of 802.11 in modern enterprise buildings has long made it an attractive technology for constructing indoor location services. To this end, a broad range of algorithms have been proposed to accurately estimate location from 802.11 signal strength measurements, some without requiring manual calibration for each physical location. Prior work suggests that many of these protocols can be highly effective-reporting median errors of under 2 meters in some instances. However, there are few studies validating these claims at scale, nor comparing the algorithms in a uniform, realistic environment. The authors' paper provides precisely this kind of empirical evaluation in a realistic office building environment.

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