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Indoor Positioning Using Spatial Power Spectrum



Kamran Sayrafian, D Kaspar


A simple technique to estimate the position of a given mobile source inside a building is based on the received signal strength. For this methodology to have a reasonable accuracy, radio visibility of the mobile by at least three access points is required. To reduce the number of the required access points and therefore, simplify the underlying coverage design problem, we propose a new scheme that takes into account the distribution of RF energy around the receiver. In other words, we assume that the receiver is equipped with a circular antenna with beamforming capability. In this way, the spatial spectrum of the received power can be measured by rotating the antenna beam around the 360-degree field of view. This spatial spectrum can be used by a single receiver as a mean for estimating the position of a mobile transmitter. In this paper, we investigate the feasibility of this methodology, and show the improvement achieved in the positioning accuracy.
Proceedings Title
16th Annual IEEE International Symposium on Personal Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications
Conference Dates
September 11-14, 2005
Conference Location
Berlin, GE
Conference Title
IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor & Mobile Radio Communications


beamforming, indoor positioning, radio-map, spatial power spectrum


Sayrafian, K. and Kaspar, D. (2005), Indoor Positioning Using Spatial Power Spectrum, 16th Annual IEEE International Symposium on Personal Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications, Berlin, GE (Accessed April 21, 2024)
Created October 1, 2005, Updated February 19, 2017