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1 The Cricket Compass for Context-Aware Mobile Applications Nissanka B. Priyantha

2 Background What is context-aware computing? –Location-aware computing is a mobile computing paradigm in which applications can discover and take advantage of contextual information. What is context? –Context is the set of environment states and settings that either determines an application’s behavior or in which an application event occurs and is interesting to the user.

3 Background (cont.) Typical context-aware applications? –Call Forwarding –Teleporting (“follow-me” computing) –Active Map –Shopping Assistant –Conference Assistant –People and Object Pager What is the most “popular” Context? –User’s location.

4 Background (cont.) How to get the context information? –Sensors How to sense the location context? –Outdoor scenario GPS system –Indoor scenario No standard way, every research group use their own location tracking system –Olivetti Active Badge System –MIT Cricket System Current status of context-aware computing? –No killer application!

5 Background (cont.) All current indoor location-aware applications are based on a cellular approach. Typical systems: –Olivetti Active Badge System System determines the cell –MIT Cricket System Mobile device determines the cell

6 Cricket Location System Design Goals: –Preserve user privacy –Operate inside buildings –Recognize spaces, not just physical position Good boundary detection is important –Easy to administer and deploy Decentralized architecture and control –Low cost and power consumption

7 Where am I? (Active map)

8 Traditional Approach Controller/ Location database Base stations ID = u Transceivers Centralized architecture User-privacy issues High deployment cost ID = u ?

9 Cricket Architecture Beacon Listener Space A Space B Space C I am at C Decentralized no tracking low cost

10 Determining Distance A beacon transmits an RF and an ultrasonic signal simultaneously –RF carries location data, ultrasound is a narrow pulse –Velocity of ultra sound << velocity of RF RF data (location name) Beacon Listener Ultrasound (pulse) The listener measures the time gap between the receipt of RF and ultrasonic signals

11 Cricket Location System For Cricket system, the distances are used to determine which cricket is the closest. The focus is location sensing, instead of how to use the location information. Think of Cricket as a “indoor GPS system”, they all use time-of-flight signals to measure the distance between the sender and the receiver.

12 Cricket Location System There is no full-fledged carrier-sense-style channel-access protocol to avoid collisions. Many interference problems are handled by “carefully mounting the Radio Frequency and UltraSonic transmitters”. It makes beacon positioning and configuration a big task. Why is it called Cricket?

13 Cricket Compass New extensions – The Cricket Compass –Position information (x, y, z) coordinates within a space –Orientation information direction at which device faces  Mobile device (x, y, z)

14 RF module (xmit) Cricket Compass v1 Prototype RF antenna Ultrasonic transmitter BeaconSensor Module Ultrasound Sensor Bank 1.25 cm x 4.5 cm

15 Deployment

16 You Are Here… Great, now what?! You are here

17 Point-and-Use Application

18 Orientation Orientation is a building block that supports a wide variety of mobile applications The ability to determine the orientation of a device is of fundamental importance in context-aware and location-dependent mobile computing. Cricket System has laid a solid foundation to derive orientation information.

19 Current Orientation Systems Are Not Adequate for Indoor Use Magnetic based sensors (magnetic compass, magnetic motion trackers) –suffers from ferromagnetic interference commonly found indoors Inertial sensors (accelerometers, gyroscopes) –used in sensor fusion to achieve high accuracy –require motion to determine heading –suffer from cumulative errors Other systems require: –Extensive wiring: expensive & hard to deploy –Multiple active transmitters worn by the user: obtrusive, inconvenient, not scalable

20 Cricket Compass Design Goals Compact, integrated, self-contained Should not rely on motion to determine heading (as in GPS navigation systems) Robust under a variety of indoor conditions Low infrastructure cost; easy to deploy Enough accuracy for mobile applications (5 o accuracy)

21 Beacons on ceiling Mobile device Cricket listener with RF and ultrasonic sensors The Cricket Compass Architecture Z X Y RF + Ultrasonic Pulse (x1,y1,z1) (x0,y0,z0) (x2,y2,z2) ( x, y, z) (x3,y3,z3) vt 3 to solve for unknown speed of sound vt 3 vt 0 vt 1 vt 2

22 Definition of Orientation Mobile device Beacons on ceiling Orientation relative to B  B Beacons on ceiling Z X Y (x1,y1,z1) (x0,y0,z0) (x2,y2,z2) (x3,y3,z3) (on horizontal plane)

23 Approach: Use Differential Distance to Determine Orientation sin  = (d2 - d1) / sqrt (1 - z 2 /d 2 ) where d = (d1+d2)/2 Assume: Device rests on horizontal plane Method: Use multiple ultrasonic sensors; calculate rotation using measured distances d1, d2, z Need to measure: a) (d2 - d1) b)z/d d1 d2 z  Beacon S2 S1 d L

24 Problem: Measuring (d2 – d1) directly requires very high precision! Consider a typical situation –Let L = 5cm, d = 2m, z = 1m,  = 10º –(d2 – d1) = 0.6cm d1 d2 z  Beacon S2 S1 d L Impossible to measure d1, d2 with such precision –Comparable with the wavelength of ultrasound ( = 0.87cm)

25 Differential Distance From Phase Difference Observation: The differential distance (d2-d1) is reflected as a phase difference between the signals received at two sensors t Beacon d1 S1 Ultrasound signal first hits sensor S1 d2 S2

26 Differential Distance From Phase Difference Observation: The differential distance (d2-d1) is reflected as a phase difference between the signals received at two sensors d1 t Beacon d2 S1 The same signal then hits sensor S2 S2

27 Solution: Differential Distance (d2-d1) from Phase Difference (  ) Observation: The differential distance (d2-d1) is reflected as a phase difference between the signals received at two sensors d2d1 t  = 2  (d2 – d1)/ Beacon Estimate phase difference between ultrasonic waveforms to find (d2-d1)! S1S2 tt

28 Ambiguous Solutions: Example We know:  t,  t’ <= L/v Let L = Observed time difference is  t Possible time differences are  t and  t’ t tt Beacon tt  t’ L/v

29 Ambiguous Solutions: Example We know:  t <= L/v Let L = /2 t Beacon L/v tt In this case, we can find a unique solution

30 Two Sensors Are Inadequate Phase difference is periodic  ambiguous solutions We don’t know the sign of the phase difference to differentiate between positive and negative angles Cannot place two sensors less than 0.5 apart –Sensors are not tiny enough!!! –Placing sensors close together produces inaccurate measurements

31 Solution: Use Three Sensors! d1 t L 12 = 3  d2 d3 L 23 = 4  Estimate 2 phase differences to find unique solution for (d2-d1) Can do this when L 12 and L 23 are relatively-prime multiples of  Accuracy increases! Beacon S1 S2 S3

32 Cricket Compass Hardware RF RX Microcontroller RS 232 Driver Amplifiers, Wave shaping, and Selection Circuits 5 receivers on a compass form 2 perpendicular receiver triplets, which is used to unambiguously infer the heading.

33 Angle Estimation Measurements Accurate to 3  for  30 , 5  for  40  Error increases at larger angles

34 Conclusion The Cricket Compass provides accurate position and orientation information for indoor mobile applications –Orientation information is useful –Novel techniques for precise position and phase difference estimation to obtain orientation information –Prototype implementation with multiple ultrasonic sensors

35 Problems Beacon placement Ultrasonic reflections Configuring beacon coordinates The user has to carry a mobile device equipped with many sensors. Is privacy really that important? (think in the context of Olsson Hall during week days) “Point-and-use” may turn out to be cumbersome.

36 The End

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