Location based services on mobile devices and smartphones have experienced a very significant development in the last five years. However, although 90% of phone usage is done indoors, there is no suitable technology to provide accurate positioning of these devices inside building.
The demand for indoor LBS applications and associated revenues is therefore huge, but the market still needs location technologies that fulfill three key success factors: scalability, compatibility, accuracy.
A number of technologies have been envisaged (UWB, RFId…) but only two arise: WiFi and indoor GNSS.
WiFi is scalable and compatible but suffers from poor accuracy and a need for recurrent calibrations, which prevents this technology from being the ultimate one.
Indoor GNSS offers great advantages since it ensures high accuracy, relies on chipsets already deployed in phones, and does not need any calibration.
The main goal of this project is to contribute to making GNSS and in particular Galileo based pseudolite systems the best overall solution to address the challenges of positioning and navigation within large indoor infrastructures.
The project addresses the following main goals:
- Develop and implement software algorithms that enhance GNSS efficiency in indoor environments.
- Provide the porting of these algorithms on GNSS chipsets.
- Develop a Galileo pseudolite prototype leveraging its signal specificities for indoor performance
- Experiment and demonstrate the full end to end system (transmitters / embedded receiver with indoor improved algorithms) on a GPS and then on the Galileo pseudolite system.
- Ensure that proper regulatory authorizations are available for experimentations and finalize the regulatory framework for widespread deployment.
Beyond the scope of this project, the main expected impact is to gather support of the industry for Galileo pseudolite systems and to use the project results to give momentum to a Galileo based indoor work plan at EC level.
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31130 Quint Fonsegrives