Analysis of a UWB Indoor Positioning System Based on Received Signal Strength

Thomas Gigl, Gerard Janssen, Vedran Dizdarevic, Klaus Witrisal, Zoubir Irahhauten

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This paper explores the possibility to design an indoor ultra wideband (UWB) ranging and positioning system using the received signal strength (RSS). Due to the extremely large bandwidths, the effects of small scale fading are reduced to the level where the knowledge of the path loss model (PLM) can be employed for accurate and reliable distance estimation. This approach enables trilateration based position estimation while significantly reducing the synchronization effort. A limited number of measurements is necessary in order to calibrate the PLM parameters but no extensive database of measurements is required, such as in fingerprinting methods. Based on simulated UWB channels, the effects of uncertainties in the PLM parameters on the estimated distance are characterized. Data from a UWB measurement campaign in indoor line-of-sight (LOS) scenarios are used to verify the performance of such a system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2007 4th Workshop on Positioning, Navigation and Communication
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event4th Workshop on Positioning, Navigation and Communication: WPNC 2007 - Hannover, Germany
Duration: 22 Mar 200722 Mar 2007


Conference4th Workshop on Positioning, Navigation and Communication
Abbreviated titleWPNC 2007

Treatment code (Nähere Zuordnung)

  • Basic - Fundamental (Grundlagenforschung)
  • Theoretical
  • Experimental


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  • Wireless Communications

    Dizdarevic, V., Tampubolon Baringbing, J. W., Arnitz, D., Gigl, T., Meissner, P., Alemseged Demessie, Y., Witrisal, K., Krall, C. & Geiger, B.


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