Kevin McGrath from the EFM Group recently presented the paper ‘Indoor RTLS Using Smart Devices and Available Sensors’ at the twelfth Information Technology & Telecommunications (IT&T) conference in Athlone. The paper was co-written with his colleagues John McGovern & Leigh Griffin.
The conference combines academic papers with presentations from industry, funding agencies and international business experts. The mandate is to strengthen collaborations between the telecommunications and information technology industries, research laboratories, and all 3rd level institutions in Ireland.
The theme of this year’s event was “Small Devices, Big Data, Real Challenges”.
Real Time Location System (RTLS) applications have the potential to open opportunities for developers to provide innovative new applications in areas as diverse as advertising, retailing and tourism sectors. Thus far however, these systems have been only been able to specify Global Positioning System (GPS) as an interactive location provider or are dependent on user interaction to physically ‘check-in’ their current location.
The aim of this paper is to examine the implementation and testing of an RTLS developed specifically to use smart devices integrated with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi as the proximity sensors. The paper outlines the use of available sensors as proximity enablers, the algorithms needed for these sensors and how to test them within a building to identify Points Of Interest (POI). The expected granularity of each sensor and the potential pitfalls is also examined.