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SmartTap: Providing a centimetre-accurate indoor location service
WiFi networks have increasingly grown in recent years with handheld smartphones, tablets and laptops being part of our everyday lives. Dr Kyle Jamieson, who was awarded a Starting grant in 2011, is working on ways of improving the localisation services such as the Global Positioning System (GPS), which often fails to function indoors. Thanks to a PoC grant, his team will seek the marketability of an indoor location system called SmartTap that uses innovative techniques to make wireless coverage more robust in buildings such as retail stores. His objective is to reach centimetre-level indoor localisation accuracy with millisecond responsiveness, far better than what is currently available within the existing access point infrastructure. Concrete applications could prove very useful for augmented reality and for in-building navigation systems. Another aspect of his work is to look at the development of chaotic, i.e. unplanned wireless networks and solutions to improve wireless access to the Internet. When clients set up too many wireless access points in a densely-populated area, the resulted interference can lower down their overall connectivity. Part of his research is about mitigating these unpredictable interferences.
Researcher: Dr Kyle Jamieson
Host institution: University College London, UK
Project's title: Tapping 802.11 Access Point Infrastructure for Fine-Grained Indoor Location (ERC Starting Grant 2011: Building Scalable, Secure, and Reliable "Chaotic" Wireless Networks (CHAOSNETS))
The Proof of Concept scheme was launched in March 2011 with a total budget of GBP 8 million (Euro 10 million). It was divided in two rounds with a deadline for applications for the second one of 3 October 2012. Set up in 2007 by the EU, the European Research Council is the first pan-European funding organisation for frontier research. It has a total budget of GBP 6 billion (Euro 7.5 billion) from 2007 to 2013.
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