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An analysis of iBeacons and critical minimum distances in device placement
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This project has been carried out in, and under the supervision of the Mobile Services Laboratory at the department of Communication Systems, KTH. The task was to explore the technical specifics of the iBeacon technology and its practical limitations in terms of reliability and device placement. In plain text; how close the beacons can be placed to allow for reliable isolation of the pertinent beacon.

The main method of reaching the set goal was data capture at certain key positions around the mounted beacons. The resulting data was processed, analyzed and visualized to provide an accessible overview.

The measurements and data analysis resulted in fairly concrete data that most of all highlights the very real limitations, and also a word of caution regarding stretching the actual limitations of such a basic technology as it actually is.

Abstract [sv]

Projektet har utförts på, och under överseende av Mobile Services Laboratory på avdelningen Kommunikationssystem vid KTH. Syftet med projektet var att utforska och undersöka de tekniska detaljerna kring iBeacon-teknologin samt dess praktiska begränsningar gällande dess tillförliglighet och fysiska placering av enheterna. I klartext; hur nära iBeacon-enheterna kan placeras samtidigt som en accepterbar nivå av tillförlitlighet gällande separation av den relevanta enheten kan nås.

Huvudmetoden som användes för att nå målet var datainsamling på nyckelpositioner runt de monterade enheterna. Framtagen data behandlades, analyserades och visualiserades för att kunna framställa överblickbar data.

Mätningarna och dataanlysen resulterade i konkret data som framförallt lyfter de de verkliga begränsningarna för teknologin, samt ett varningens ord om vilka problem som potentiellt kan uppstå när en såpass grundläggande teknik används på ett sätt den eventuellt inte är avsedd för.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 36 p.
Series
TRITA-ICT-EX, 2014:202
Keyword [en]
Bluetooth, iBeacon, indoor positioning
Keyword [sv]
Bluetooth, iBeacon, inomhuspositionering
National Category
Computer and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-187925OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-187925DiVA: diva2:932525
Educational program
Bachelor of Science in Engineering - Computer Engineering
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Available from: 2016-06-01 Created: 2016-06-01 Last updated: 2016-06-01Bibliographically approved

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