WBroximity: Mobile Participatory Sensing for WLAN- and Bluetooth-Based Positioning

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Executive Summary

Recently, there has been much interest in positioning based on the widespreading WLAN technology, notably observed in the increasing number of hotspots and mobile devices equipped with WLAN interface. One technique to use WLAN for positioning is location fingerprinting, where WLAN networks in preselected sample locations are collected and used as fingerprints for those locations. However, to collect such fingerprints, existing services typically need to employ many skilled wardrivers who scan networks in the streets. This approach turns out to be very costly, especially when large scale system coverage with acceptable positioning accuracy is required.

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