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Due to widespread availability of WiFi networks in buildings, indoor location based systems become a reality. To provide indoor location based services (LBS), finding the current location of a human, a computer, a mobile device or equipment such as a small UAV (like Quad copter) is of great interest. The most prominent method for this purpose is the received signal strength (RSS)-based location from WiFi Access Points (APs) inside a building. Considerable amount of research is carried out in estimating current location and providing different services based on different wireless technologies. On the other hand, little attention has been paid to study and analyze the behavior of the received signal strength itself. It is challenging because the intensity of signal can change very frequently due to environmental features like topology, temperature, interaction with objects etc. In this paper, we study the behavior of WiFi signals in an indoor environment for RSS based localization by analyzing signals from three different access points by using triangulation technique. Our method is based on fingerprinting method. The experimental results reveal that the behavior of signal changes very frequently. The results lead us to the conclusion that understanding signals behavior is important before estimating current location and providing different LBS.
Accuracy, IEEE 802.11 Standards, Fingerprint recognition, Databases, Buildings, Global Positioning System, Indoor environments,Indoor Positioning System, Location Based Services (LBS), Received Signal Strength (RSS), Fingerprinting, WiFi Signal Behavior, Indoor localization
Kifayat Ullah, Igor Vitorio Custodio, Nadir Shah, Edson Dos Santos Moreira, "An Experimental Study on the Behavior of Received Signal Strength in Indoor Environment", Frontiers of Information Technology, vol. 00, no. , pp. 259-264, 2013, doi:10.1109/FIT.2013.54
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