Indoor navigation improves security in urban environment

The Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI) at the National Land Survey and the Norwegian research centre SINTEF are going to launch a collaborative project to develop situational awareness in security operations taking place in the urban environment and indoors.

Search and rescue services, such as firefighters and defence forces need navigation and positioning systems that work quickly and in all environments. Many people have noticed that satellites are useless for navigation when you are indoors. In the CANDO project, previous results of two top research groups are combined. The results are used to create a solution to improve the security of personnel participating in operations. The solution could be used, for instance, in operations to combat terrorism.

“We bring our expertise in pedestrian navigation methods and image-aided navigation to the project, and SINTEF contributes its expertise in networked navigation,” says Laura Ruotsalainen, who leads the research group Sensors and Indoor Navigation at FGI.

Ambitious goals

In the project, methods are developed to enable a group of 30–40 people to navigate indoors. The aim is to reach a positioning accuracy at a room-based level for at least 10 minutes at a time. Navigation is achieved using only sensors attached to the user. Thus, navigation is not dependent on infrastructure.

Nato has granted financing to the Finnish-Norwegian CANDO research project. It is significant that Nato is financing a project, where one of the main partners is a research institute from a non-member country. The Finnish Geospatial Research Institute has been selected as a partner because its department of Navigation and Positioning is one of the tops of the field. The FGI research group has lifted the expertise it is sharing in the project to a level that is valued highly internationally within the Scientific Advisory Board for Defence financed project INTACT INfrastructure-free TACTical situational awareness.

The end-users are also participating in the project: Finnish Army and Norwegian Battle Lab & Experimentation (NOBLE).

Top scientific research and exchange of information

The goal is not only to innovate together, but also to increase the expertise of participating researchers. The project supports young, postgraduate students who are starting their career and promotes efficient information exchange between researchers. The project also promotes closer ties between the Finnish and Norwegian research institutes and facilitates future cooperation.

The Collaborative Augmented Navigation for Defence Objectives (CANDO) project starts in April 2018 and continues until the end of 2019.

More information

Deputy Head of Department, Navigation and Positioning, Laura Ruotsalainen, Ph.D. (Tech), +358 29 531 4886,

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