Wireless Personal Communications

, Volume 70, Issue 1, pp 113–127 | Cite as

Performance Analysis of Received Signal Strength Fingerprinting Based Distributed Location Estimation System for Indoor WLAN

  • V. K. Jain
  • Shashikala TapaswiEmail author
  • Anupam Shukla


Location Estimation has become important for many applications of indoor wireless networks. Received Signal Strength (RSS) fingerprinting methods have been widely used for location estimation. Most of the location estimation system suffers with the problem of scalability and unavailability of all the access points at all the location for large site. The accuracy and response time of estimation are critical issues in location estimation system for large sites. In this paper, we have proposed a distributed location estimation method, which divide the location estimation system into subsystems. Our method partitions the input signal space and output location space into clusters on the basis of visibility of access points at various locations of the site area. Each cluster of input signal space together with output location subspace is used to learn the association between RSS fingerprint and their respective location in a subsystem. We have performed experimentation on two RSS dataset, which are gathered on different testbeds, and compared our results with benchmark RADAR method. Experimental results show that our method provide better results in terms of accuracy and response time in comparison to centralized systems, in which a single system is used for large site.


Location estimation Localization Distributed systems Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) Indoor localization Subtract on Negative Add on Positive (SNAP) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. K. Jain
    • 1
  • Shashikala Tapaswi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Anupam Shukla
    • 1
  1. 1.Atal Bihari Vajpayee—Indian Institute of Information Technology and ManagementGwaliorIndia

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