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Design and Testing of a Multi-Sensor Pedestrian Location and Navigation Platform
PLAN Group, Schulich School of Engineering, The University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary AB, T2N 1N4, Canada
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Received: 18 February 2012; in revised form: 7 March 2012 / Accepted: 15 March 2012 / Published: 19 March 2012
Abstract: avigation and location technologies are continually advancing, allowing ever higher accuracies and operation under ever more challenging conditions. The development of such technologies requires the rapid evaluation of a large number of sensors and related utilization strategies. The integration of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSSs) such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) with accelerometers, gyros, barometers, magnetometers and other sensors is allowing for novel applications, but is hindered by the difficulties to test and compare integrated solutions using multiple sensor sets. In order to achieve compatibility and flexibility in terms of multiple sensors, an advanced adaptable platform is required. This paper describes the design and testing of the NavCube, a multi-sensor navigation, location and timing platform. The system provides a research tool for pedestrian navigation, location and body motion analysis in an unobtrusive form factor that enables in situ data collections with minimal gait and posture impact. Testing and examples of applications of the NavCube are provided.
Keywords: GPS (Global Positioning System); GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System); INS (Inertial Navigation System); IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit); barometer; magnetometer; high sensitivity; pedestrian navigation; indoor navigation; sensor fusion
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Morrison, A.; Renaudin, V.; Bancroft, J.B.; Lachapelle, G. Design and Testing of a Multi-Sensor Pedestrian Location and Navigation Platform. Sensors 2012, 12, 3720-3738.
Morrison A, Renaudin V, Bancroft JB, Lachapelle G. Design and Testing of a Multi-Sensor Pedestrian Location and Navigation Platform. Sensors. 2012; 12(3):3720-3738.
Morrison, Aiden; Renaudin, Valérie; Bancroft, Jared B.; Lachapelle, Gérard. 2012. "Design and Testing of a Multi-Sensor Pedestrian Location and Navigation Platform." Sensors 12, no. 3: 3720-3738.