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Unsupervised Construction of an Indoor Floor Plan Using a Smartphone

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3 Author(s)
Hyojeong Shin ; Department of Computer Science , Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea ; Yohan Chon ; Hojung Cha

Indoor pedestrian tracking extends location-based services to indoor environments. Typical indoor positioning systems employ a training/positioning model using Wi-Fi fingerprints. While these approaches have practical results in terms of accuracy and coverage, they require an indoor map, which is typically not available to the average user and involves significant training costs. A practical indoor pedestrian tracking approach should consider the indoor environment without a pretrained database or floor plan. In this paper, we present an indoor pedestrian tracking system, called SmartSLAM, which automatically constructs an indoor floor plan and radio fingerprint map for anonymous buildings using a smartphone. The scheme employs odometry tracing using inertial sensors, an observation model using Wi-Fi signals, and a Bayesian estimation for floor-plan construction. SmartSLAM is a true simultaneous localization and mapping implementation that does not necessitate additional devices, such as laser rangefinders or wheel encoders. We implemented the scheme on off-the-shelf smartphones and evaluated the performance in our university buildings. Despite inherent tracking errors from noisy sensors, SmartSLAM successfully constructed indoor floor plans.

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IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part C (Applications and Reviews)  (Volume:42 ,  Issue: 6 )