Improving Wireless Positioning With Look-Ahead Map-Matching
Source: Georgia Institute of Technology
Determining the location of mobile devices is a necessary system function for a growing number of Location Based Services (LBS). The most popular method for location determination is GPS, however GPS has known accuracy and environmental limitations, many of which are exacerbated in dense urban areas. Wireless Positioning Systems (WPS) on the other hand, demonstrate location accuracy largely inverted to that of GPS - the denser the urban setting, the more accurate the location estimation is in general. Large-scale WPS differs from satellite based positioning in at least two aspects; first, wireless positioning systems typically derive their location estimates based on observed beacon locations such as through wardriving, and second, WPS lacks a mechanism to maintain highly synchronized clocks.