Indoor/outdoor Seamless Positioning and Application for City Ecosystems (iSpace)

The goal of this project is to develop a handheld seamless indoor/outdoor positioning platform that consists of several navigation sensors and a visual sensor for navigation and non-navigation applications in city ecosystems. The navigation sensors include an accelerometer, a digital compass, a gyroscope, a high sensitivity GPS receiver, a software GNSS receiver, a WLAN and a Bluetooth chip, while the visual sensor is a digital camera. In addition to the handheld positioning platform, a network consisting of pseudolites, WLAN and Bluetooth base stations will be used for composing a multi-sensor multi-network positioning solution. Fusing navigation sensors, wireless networks and a visual sensor is an innovative approach for seamless indoor/outdoor positioning. Furthermore, all these sensing technologies are miniature in size to meet the design constraints of mobile devices and are suitable for potential applications in city ecosystems. A smartphone-based software and a PC-based software will be developed for exploring the applications. The system will be tested in various city ecosystems for different concepts such as iDriving, iParking, and iShopping with a goal to assist and ease everyday living. The project will deliver an entire solution that includes the handheld positioning device, a smartphone-based software, a PC-based software and scientific publications.

Keywords
seamless positioning
multi-sensor system
GNSS
WLAN
motion sensors
visual navigation
Duration
Research area
Funding organisation or partners
FGI
Tekes
Project partners
Tekes, Fastrax Oy, Space Systems Finland Oy, Nokia Oyj, Indagon Oy, Bluegiga Oy, Ekahau Oy, VTI Technologies Oy