Date of Award

6-2015

Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Ikhlas Abdel-Qader

Second Advisor

Dr. Bradley Bazuin

Third Advisor

Dr. Tarun Gupta

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

As of the writing of this paper, there is no standard technique for implementing Indoor Position Systems (IPS) in one building or another, as each technique has its own advantages and drawbacks. The best IPS implementations often employ the use of multiple techniques within a building in order to maximize precision. This paper explores the most popular IPS techniques in use today, and highlights their strengths and weaknesses. After analyzing the pros and cons of each approach, it becomes clear that magnetic positioning is a useful tool for creating an accurate, reliable positioning system. Throughout this paper, the feasibility of the implementation of magnetic localization in an indoor positioning system is explored. The conclusion of this research is that while magnetic positioning can be used as a solo solution for an indoor positioning system, it is best utilized as a supplement to other methods of indoor localization.

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