Date of Submission
Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Arthur H. Lee
© 2016 Remy A Guercio
RF positioning methods have various tradeoﬀs that make them suitable for diﬀering applications. This thesis identiﬁes the most prominent positioning methods and deter-mines their suitability for context aware applications in pub-lic spaces using a number of diﬀerent factors. This thesis ﬁrst explores the physical characteristics of GPS, GSM, 802.11 and Bluetooth focusing on coverage and accuracy in both a historical and forward looking context. Next, it explores what it means for an application to be context aware and how that translates into building applications that are used in the context of public places. This thesis then reﬂects on the intersection of the two and explores some challenges related to practical implementations. In order to further explore these challenges, it assesses a high accuracy use case of merging Bluetooth positioning with augmented reality and virtual reality applications. We ﬁnd that in the last decade Bluetooth has made rapid advancements in relation to competing technologies, but it is still far from ideal in all situations, especially when the situation requires extremely high accuracy.
Guercio, Remy, "Exploring Radio Frequency Positioning Methods and Their Use in Determining User Context in Public Spaces" (2016). CMC Senior Theses. 1441.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.