Bluetooth enables in-door mobile location services

Saowanee Thongthammachart, Henning Olesen

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Several technologies can be applied to enable mobile location services, but most of them suffer from limited accuracy and availability. GPS can solve the problem of determining the location of users in most outdoor situations, but an end-user position inside a building cannot be pinpointed. Other mobile location techniques can also provide the user's position, but the accuracy is rather low. In order to improve the accuracy and make location-based services really attractive, existing approaches must be supplemented by new technologies. Wireless short-range technologies like Bluetooth could be candidates for solving these problems. This paper shows that Bluetooth can act as a key enabler of mobile location services in an in-door environment. The advantage of Bluetooth technology is, that it can provide rather precise location data inside a building or hotspot area, while the Bluetooth terminal is connected to the network. Hence, the users are able to obtain more detailed guidance and information on their sites of interest such as department stores, airports and other public areas.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 57th IEEE Semiannual Vehicular Technology Conference : VTC'2003
Publication date2003
PagesSession 8H, paper 3
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Event57th IEEE Semiannual Vehicular Technology Conference - Jeju, Korea
Duration: 1 Jan 2003 → …
Conference number: 57


Conference57th IEEE Semiannual Vehicular Technology Conference
CityJeju, Korea
Period01/01/2003 → …

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Thongthammachart, S., & Olesen, H. (2003). Bluetooth enables in-door mobile location services. In Proceedings of the 57th IEEE Semiannual Vehicular Technology Conference: VTC'2003 (Vol. 3, pp. Session 8H, paper 3). IEEE.