Ultra-low power indoor positioning Bluetooth beacon
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Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
- Type de subvention: Programme de subventions d'engagement partenariat
- Année: 2014/15
- Financement total: $25,000
Université de Toronto
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Toronto based E-Twenty Development (www.etwenty.co) has implemented an indoor positioning system that uses acombination of smartphone inertial sensors and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons. The state-of-the-art system is able totrack and localize users in large complex facilities such as airports, malls, museums, and hospitals. Their flagship productSmartIndoor (www.smartindoor.com) allows users to navigate and find points of interest and broadcast or receive locationspecific information using the smartphone app. E-Twenty would like to create a customized BLE beacon for the localization process that has improved battery life while still allowing communication to everyday smartphones. This would be aconsiderable improvement over the current beacons that last no more than six months and require frequent maintenance todeliver reliable localization users indoors. Dr. Liscidini and his team have considerable expertise designing RFcommunications systems. His research focus currently involves low power BLE architectures. This expertise will be used todevelop a customized BLE beacon that will be able to last over three years without change of battery. This will allow ETwentyto deploy the beacon to more locations providing greater resolution and accuracy to users and facilities, therebyopening the doors to new markets such as security and asset tracking.