Design and implementation of beacon-based positioning

Shin Yan Chiou*, Zhen Yuan Liao

*Corresponding author for this work

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The Global Positioning System enables mobile device users to achieve rapid positioning. However, its indoor positioning performance is still unsatisfactory. In recent years, numerous scholars have investigated Wi-Fi indoor positioning technologies. However, the distance error of such techniques can be higher than 5m. Some scholars have proposed new approaches of beacon-based indoor positioning to provide easier installation and decrease the distance error to 2.5m. For both better positioning performance and being economical, this paper proposes an approach of beacon-based positioning method, using cost-effective Estimate Proximity Beacons and Android smart phones for implementation. The result reveals that the mean distance errors of our method are 0.398m in stasis and 1.97m in motion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)643-658
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Information Science and Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - 05 2020

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  • Beacon
  • Bluetooth low energy
  • Indoor positioning
  • Mobile
  • Positioning


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