A Study of Bluetooth Propagation Using Accurate Indoor Location Mapping

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3660)


The ubiquitous computing community has widely researched the use of 802.11 for the purpose of location inference. Meanwhile, Bluetooth is increasingly widely deployed due to its low power consumption and cost. This paper describes a study of Bluetooth radio propagation using an accurate indoor location system to conduct fine-grained signal strength surveys. We discuss practical problems and requirements encountered setting up the infrastructure using the ultrasonic Active Bat indoor location system, and limitations of the commodity Bluetooth devices used. We conclude that Bluetooth is poorly suited to the purpose of fine-grained, low latency location inference due to specification and hardware limitations, and note that the movement speed of mobile devices is an important factor in calculating available bandwidth. We publish our data sets of signal strength samples for the community to freely use in future research.


Mobile Phone Signal Strength Receive Signal Strength Indication Link Quality Indoor Location 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Computer LaboratoryUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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