Robust Trilateration Based Algorithm for Indoor Positioning Systems

Authors

  • Simeon Pande College of Information and Communication Technologies, University of Dar es Salaam, P. O. Box 33335 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
  • Kwame S Ibwe College of Information and Communication Technologies, University of Dar es Salaam, P. O. Box 33335 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4314/tjs.v47i3.28

Keywords:

Indoor Positioning System, RFID, RSSI, Trilateration

Abstract

Indoor Positioning Systems (IPS) plays crucial roles in indoor environment items positioning used in self-navigating robots and helping hands. To obtain position information, positioning algorithms employing Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI) are of great benefits since they reuse the existing radio wireless infrastructures for indoor positioning. However, the changes in the indoor environment decrease the overall accuracy of the developed indoor positioning algorithms. To cope with the challenge of environmental dependency in indoor positioning, a robust algorithm using radio signal identification was developed. The algorithm uses circle expansion and reduction mechanism to achieve better RSSI-Distance relationship. The distances from RSSI-Distance relationship are used in trilateration algorithm for position estimation. Experiments were performed to compare position accuracy of the basic RSSI-Based and the proposed algorithm. Simulation results showed that proposed algorithm showed less average positioning errors by 11.2066% and 3.7279% at path loss coefficients of 3.11 and 3.21, respectively compared to the existing algorithms. Likewise, the proposed algorithm showed 2.7282% increase in positioning error when environment was changed from that of path loss coefficient 3.11 to 3.21. The existing basic algorithms show error fluctuation of 10% with the same environment changes.

Keywords: Indoor Positioning System, RFID, RSSI, Trilateration.

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Published

31-08-2021

How to Cite

Pande , S. ., & Ibwe, K. S. (2021). Robust Trilateration Based Algorithm for Indoor Positioning Systems. Tanzania Journal of Science, 47(3), 1195–1210. https://doi.org/10.4314/tjs.v47i3.28

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