Indoor localization systems-tracking objects and personnel with sensors, wireless networks and RFID

2013-03-07T10:27:26Z (GMT) by Huanjia Yang Shuang-Hua Yang
Advances in ubiquitous mobile computing and rapid spread of information systems have fostered a growing interest in indoor location-aware or location-based technologies. In this paper we will introduce the primary technologies used in indoor localization systems by classifying them in three categories: Non-RF technologies, Active-RF technologies and Passive-RF technologies. Both commercialized products and research prototypes in all categories are involved in our discussion. The Passive-RF technologies are further divided into “Mobile tag” and “Mobile reader” systems. We expect such classification can cover most of the indoor localization systems. Features of these systems are briefly compared at the end of this paper.