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  • IndoLoR – Indoor Location Radar

    Publicado em August 18th, 2014Projects

    The advent of mobile technologies and the new technological trend of connecting objects to the global computer network, also known as Internet of things, are making ubiquitous computing a reality in many corporate and residential environments. This new scenario is creating new opportunities for applications, in particular for smart environments. An application area that can take advantage of the technological capabilities provided by smart environments are the RTLS – real time location systems. Classic examples are the problem of indoor and outdoor location. Intrinsically, people are already familiar with outdoor applications that usually use location based on GPS (global positioning system) to provide LBS (Location-based services). This application is especially common in cars and on mobile devices. However, the indoor location adds new challenges, depending on a pre-existing infrastructure in the environment and a better location accuracy. In general, contextual information (checking at specific points) and the level of the received communication signal (RSSI – Received Signal Strength Indicated) are analyzed for the location of the target object, which might be a person or an object. Wireless technologies such as WiFi, RFID, Zigbee and Bluetooth are the most frequently used for indoor tracking.

    This project aims to develop, integrate and evaluate solutions of hardware, software and networks for automation of enterprise environments that enable the development of applications with high added value of indoor location. The solution called IndoLoR (Indoor Location Radar), integrates several emerging areas such as Internet of Things, Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, Cloud Computing, Smart Sensors Network and Context Sensitivity.

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