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Energy-Efficient Rate-Adaptive GPS-based Positioning for Smartphones by Jeongyeup Paek, Joongheon Kim, and Ramesh Govindan EECE354 Kyoungho An.

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1 Energy-Efficient Rate-Adaptive GPS-based Positioning for Smartphones by Jeongyeup Paek, Joongheon Kim, and Ramesh Govindan EECE354 Kyoungho An

2 Contents Introduction Problem Rate-Adaptive Positioning System –Movement –Space-Time History –Celltower-RSS Blacklisting –Bluetooth-based Positioning Synchronization Discussion Evaluation

3 Introduction Smartphone applications require position information –GPS is preferred over GSM/WiFi more accurate but power hungry duty-cycle GPS –Trades off positioning accuracy for lower energy RAPS (Rate-Adaptive Positioning System) –GPS is less accurate in urban areas Turn on GPS only necessary to achieve the accuracy –Use location-time history of the uses to estimate velocity and uncertainty –Use Bluetooth communication to reduce position uncertainty –Use celltower-RSS blacklisting to detect GPS unavailability Evaluation of RAPS –Increase phone life-times by more than a factor of 3.8 over an approach where GPS is always on

4 Introduction GPS is accurate –WPS (WiFi-based positioning system) is less accurate than GPS –GSM-based positioning has an error as high as 300meters GPS is extremely power hungry –Nokia N95 smartphones Internal GPS uses around 0.37 Watt 0.06 Watt idle power GPS activated would drain the 1200mAh battery on an N95 smartphones in less than 11 hours

5 Introduction The key insight that motivates the work –GPS can exhibit errors in the rage of 100m when used in urban areas Location-based applications –deal with the errors using application-specific methods map-matching map-snapping. –If applications can tolerate the position error, why not trade off some position accuracy for reduced GPS energy usage? Periodic duty-cycle GPS –The key challenge is to decide on a time period

6 Problem GPS is not accurate in urban areas –GPS trace collected for a week using a smartphone that continuously logged GPS positions every 1 second. –ground truth path is labeled as A –phanthom path labeled as B –GPS was available for only 11.2% of the time –GPS may provide inaccurate positioning as high as 100 meters or more across a wide range of urban locations

7 Problem Where do these errors come from? – A GPS receiver requires signals from 4 satellites –However, when GPS receiver do not have complete signals from all satellites, then the errors can increase significantly –When it guesses a position, a GPS receiver provides accuracy estimates, but low confidence in its position results. –Moreover, smaller antennae, carried in clothing or bags, indoors, frequent power-off Can we cleverly activate GPS only when necessary and sacrifice a little accuracy in exchange for reductions in energy usage by GPS?

8 Problem Simple solution is duty-cycle GPS –Periodic duty-cycled GPS (3 mins) Less than 40 meters for 28% Often exceed 100 meters and go as high as 300 meters Uncertainty depends upon the movement pattern of the user –Interval increases enabling lower energy usage, the uncertainty increase linearly with no sweet spot

9 Problem Summary –GPS is generally less accurate in urban areas –Periodic duty-cycling with a fixed interval can introduce significant, potentially unbounded error without energy benefits

10 Rate-Adaptive Positioning System (RAPS) User movement detection using a duty- cycled accelerometer Velocity and uncertainty estimation using space-time history GPS unavailability detection using celltower-RSS blacklisting Position uncertainty reduction using Bluetooth

11 Movement Detection Modern smartphones are equipped with an accelerometer, and can be used to detect whether the user is moving or not Use of the accelerometers in RAPS –It is used to measure the activity ratio Activity ratio: the fraction of a given time window during which the user is in motion –Duty-cycle to save energy

12 Movement Detection Onset detection technique –It is possible to detect whether a user is stationary or not –It does this by maintaining running estimates of the signal envelope and compares these against the noise mean (1g) Signal envelope: dynamic upper and lower bounds of the signal RAPS uses this onset detection method and calculates activity ratio However, RAPS cannot use the accelerometer continuously because of significant energy usage. –30 seconds intervals: consumes 0.08 Watt which means that turning on the accelerometer for 5 minutes consumes more energy than activating GPS for 1 minute. –The method for deriving a good duty-cycling parameter is collecting continuous acceleration measurements for five different human activities: stationary, frequent walking and stopping, fast walking, driving in a car, and milling about in a coffee shop

13 Movement Detection For each trace, calculate activity ratio using the onset detector Performed offline analysis, and calculated the error in the activity ratio respect to the reference always-on case. Duty-cycle parameter of 12.5% with 2 and 14 seconds ON/OFF periods is selected

14 Movement Detection Could we have used a similar accelerometer duty cycling technique to estimate user speed (distance), rather than just activity? It is not that attractive –Calculation is roughly correct when the orientation of the phone does not change too frequently and the acceleration is greater than the noise level during the period of the movement. –A duty cycle of 50% or more is required to estimate the distance within 10% error RAPS uses only the activity if there is sufficient history and distance estimation and the activity ration only if there is insufficient history

15 Space-Time History A key component of RAPS is the space-time table –Space-time table: records the past history of user movements Whenever RAPS needs to decide to active GPS –Looks up the history of average user velocity and activity ratio –Calculate the current position uncertainty based on the estimated current velocity and the activity ratio RAPS updates and uses the space-time history as follows –For scaling reasons, it quantizes both the space and time dimensions –RAPS associates with each grid box in this quantized coordinate system two quantities: a history of average velocity and activity ration

16 Space-Time History Example –If a user moves into a position A, the user is stationary for 4 units of time and moves out of position A in the next unit of time at velocity of 10m/s and activity ratio of 0.5. –Velocity is {0, 0, 0, 0, 10} Average 2m/s –Activity ratio is {0, 0, 0, 0, 5} Average 0.1 –If the user is stationary, the current activity ratio R(t) = 0 estimated velocity V(t) = 0 –If the user is moving out of position A with R(t) close to 0.5, V(t) becomes 2*0.5/0.1 = 10m/s. This approach allows RAPS to cheaply estimate user movement, activating GPS only when user movement may have exceeded the accuracy bound

17 Celltower-RSS Balcklisting GSM data can be retrieved without additional energy cost. However, in practice, GSM data from all visible cell towers is not available to third party application developers –Only one cell tower information is visible at a time Needs to examined whether information from a single cell-tower can reliably detect user movement Distance between two consecutive GPS locations when there was a change in cellID. Maximum distance between two positions within the same cellID 58.3% less than 10m difference in GPS positions 28.2% greater than 100m These results imply that simply using the cellID itself provides insufficient information about whether the user has moved a significant distance or not

18 Celltower-RSS Balcklisting Signal strength difference with a cellID can be an indicator of change in position? –The average distance plot shows that increasing RSS difference correlates with increasing distance, but the variance of the distance is too high –A single cell-tower cannot reliably indentify user movement

19 Celltower-RSS Balcklisting Since we are merely interested in determining whether and when GPS should be activated, instead of using cell towers to detect motion, we directly detect whether uses are in an environment or not. –GPS availability probability as a function of signal strength for two different cellId’s Maintaining a history of GPS availability per cellId can help accurately predict GPS is avaiable. –Whenever a GPS reading is successfully obtained or the request has time-out, it stores this information in a celltower-RSS blacklist. –Update RSS Good Thresh and RSS Bad Thread When a getting GPS update, checks the blacklist. –If it is in the good and variable region, turns on GPS. Otherwise, wait until there is a change in GSM data or maximum timeout

20 Bluetooth-based Positioning Synchronization Use of Bluetooth to synchronize position information between neighboring devices Consider a scenario where there are two smarphones (A and B) –If A has recently activated GPS, then –B can get the position information from A without activating GPS Bluetooth is a good for a positioning synchronization –Communication range is less than 10 meters Uncertainty is less than 10 meters –Energy cost is less than GPS –Available on almost all mobile phones

21 Bluetooth-based Positioning Synchronization Using Bluetooth, most of the power is consumed on the master node During one synchronization cycle depicted in the figure, the slave node used 0.09J, and the master node used 3.07J, averaging 1.58J per node. For comparison, if a GPS receiver was turned on and stayed on for 60 seconds, it would spend around 0.37W * 60sec = 22.2J. 43%reduction in energy usage If there are 5 nodes, –GPS: 5*22.2J = 111J –BPS: 22.2 + 3.07 + 4*0.9 = 28.87J –74% reduction in energy

22 Bluetooth-based Positioning Synchronization BPS works as follows –Every node becomes slave node and stays in idle –A node decides(master) to transmit its position and uncertainty information. –If any slave nodes exist, the master connects to all of them, and broadcasts its position information. –Each slave compares its uncertainty and updates its own position if the received position has lower uncertainty. –If the received uncertainty is higher than its own, the slave replies to the master with better position and uncertainty values. –The uncertainty value of all connected devices are synchronized.

23 Summarization Three details of RAPS 1.The user space-time history and the celltower- RSS blacklist must be populated for RAPS to work efficiently 2.Velocity estimation based on activity ratio can be misled by handset activity not related to human motion 3.Accelerometers on smartphones may need a one-time per-device calibration of the offset and scaling before running RAPS Bluetooth-based position synchronization requires user co-operation.

24 Evaluation - Setting

25 Evaluation - Lifetime

26 Evaluation – BPS

27 Evaluation – RSS blacklist

28 Evaluation – GPS Interval

29 Evaluation – Average Power

30 Evaluation – Median Distance


32 Evaluation – Comparison with fixed duty-cycle

33 Evaluation – Comparison with WPS

34 Conclusion Presented RAPS, rate-adaptive positioning system for smartphones –GPS is generally less accurate in urban areas, so it suffices to turn on GPS as often as necessary to achieve this accuracy –Used a collection of techniques that could be implemented on current generation of smartphones to cleverly determine when to turn on GPS Evaluated RAPS through real-world experiments –Increases lifetime by more than a factor of 3.8 relative to the case when GPS is always on.

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