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Sensors 2013, 13(4), 4303-4326; doi:10.3390/s130404303
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Use of High Sensitivity GNSS Receiver Doppler Measurements for Indoor Pedestrian Dead Reckoning

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Received: 16 February 2013; in revised form: 26 March 2013 / Accepted: 26 March 2013 / Published: 28 March 2013
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
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Abstract: Dead-reckoning (DR) algorithms, which use self-contained inertial sensors combined with gait analysis, have proven to be effective for pedestrian navigation purposes. In such DR systems, the primary error is often due to accumulated heading drifts. By tightly integrating global navigation satellite system (GNSS) Doppler measurements with DR, such accumulated heading errors can usually be accurately compensated. Under weak signal conditions, high sensitivity GNSS (HSGNSS) receivers with block processing techniques are often used, however, the Doppler quality of such receivers is relatively poor due to multipath, fading and signal attenuation. This often limits the benefits of integrating HSGNSS Doppler with DR. This paper investigates the benefits of using Doppler measurements from a novel direct vector HSGNSS receiver with pedestrian dead-reckoning (PDR) for indoor navigation. An indoor signal and multipath model is introduced which explains how conventional HSGNSS Doppler measurements are affected by indoor multipath. Velocity and Doppler estimated by using direct vector receivers are introduced and discussed. Real experimental data is processed and analyzed to assess the veracity of proposed method. It is shown when integrating HSGNSS Doppler with PDR algorithm, the proposed direct vector method are more helpful than conventional block processing method for the indoor environments considered herein.
Keywords: high sensitivity GNSS; indoor multipath; pedestrian dead reckoning; tight integration; Doppler measurements; direct vector processing high sensitivity GNSS; indoor multipath; pedestrian dead reckoning; tight integration; Doppler measurements; direct vector processing
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He, Z.; Renaudin, V.; Petovello, M.G.; Lachapelle, G. Use of High Sensitivity GNSS Receiver Doppler Measurements for Indoor Pedestrian Dead Reckoning. Sensors 2013, 13, 4303-4326.

AMA Style

He Z, Renaudin V, Petovello MG, Lachapelle G. Use of High Sensitivity GNSS Receiver Doppler Measurements for Indoor Pedestrian Dead Reckoning. Sensors. 2013; 13(4):4303-4326.

Chicago/Turabian Style

He, Zhe; Renaudin, Valérie; Petovello, Mark G.; Lachapelle, Gérard. 2013. "Use of High Sensitivity GNSS Receiver Doppler Measurements for Indoor Pedestrian Dead Reckoning." Sensors 13, no. 4: 4303-4326.


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