UPTIME: Ubiquitous Pedestrian Tracking Using Mobile Phones

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Executive Summary

The mission of tracking a pedestrian is valuable for many applications including walking distance estimation for the purpose of pervasive healthcare, museum and shopping mall guides, and locating emergency responders. In this paper, the authors show how accurate and ubiquitous tracking of a pedestrian can be performed using only the inertial sensors embedded in his/her mobile phone. Their work depends on performing dead reckoning to track the user's movement. The main challenge that needs to be addressed is handling the noise of the low cost low quality inertial sensors in cell phones.

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