Special Issue "Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation"


A special issue of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (ISSN 2220-9964).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Harald Sternberg
Department of Geomatics, HafenCity University Hamburg , Room B 012, Hebebrandstr. 1, 22297 Hamburg, Germany
Website: http://www.hcu-hamburg.de/bachelor/geomatik/professoren/prof-dr-ing-harald-sternberg/
E-Mail: harald.sternberg@hcu-hamburg.de
Phone: +49 40 42827 5300
Interests: kinematic positioning; surveying in indoor environment in the range of millimeters in high precision applications up to the coarse navigation of several meters

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The positioning and navigation are taken for granted by the use of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). The GNSS services and applications grow through the renewal and expansion of different systems (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, COMPASS).

Whether traveling by car or as a pedestrian with a smartphone, low-cost, ubiquitous Positioning and Navigation are available by positioning services of GNSS and radio cells. The applications are myriad, ranging from land, air and maritime navigation; military and security-related operations; agriculture, mining and construction; geodesy, surveying and mapping; machine automation and robotics; transportation; emergency response and disaster management; personal location-based services; and others. The service is available almost anywhere and at any time. Problems occur however, if less than four satellites are visible. This is usually the case in buildings and urban canyons.

For these areas different technology are under development for Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation. Currently, there is no designated indoor system that met expectations as GNSS in outdoor. There are a number of systems which are used alone or in combination. These technologies work e.g. using radio waves, acoustic, optical, infrared or radar signals, signal strength, magnetic sensors, inertial sensors, etc. The increasing capabilities of current mobile phones have turned them into portable information, communication and navigation devices, thereby putting the vast information available on the internet into a local context. Location-based services, delivering the locally relevant information to the phone just in time, are a growing part of the web-service industry.

Prof. Dr. Harald Sternberg
Guest Editor


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  • high sensitive GNSS, GNSS indoor, pseudolites
  • hybrid IMU pedestrian navigation & foot mounted navigation
  • TOF, TDOA based localization, signal strength based methods, fingerprinting (WLAN, ZigBee)
  • passive & Active RFID, optical systems, ultra sound systems, magnetic localization, radar systems
  • frameworks for hybrid positioning
  • applications of location awareness & context detection
  • industrial metrology & geodetic systems, iGPS
  • smart phone navigation and LBS technologies
  • emerging sensor technologies for positioning

Published Papers (7 papers)

by , ,  and
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2013, 2(4), 1122-1135; doi:10.3390/ijgi2041122
Received: 13 October 2013; in revised form: 15 November 2013 / Accepted: 22 November 2013 / Published: 3 December 2013
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by , ,  and
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2013, 2(4), 978-995; doi:10.3390/ijgi2040978
Received: 12 July 2013; in revised form: 17 September 2013 / Accepted: 22 September 2013 / Published: 16 October 2013
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by , , ,  and
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2013, 2(4), 959-977; doi:10.3390/ijgi2040959
Received: 24 July 2013; in revised form: 25 September 2013 / Accepted: 27 September 2013 / Published: 14 October 2013
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2013, 2(4), 908-934; doi:10.3390/ijgi2040908
Received: 28 July 2013; in revised form: 16 September 2013 / Accepted: 17 September 2013 / Published: 27 September 2013
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2013, 2(3), 854-868; doi:10.3390/ijgi2030854
Received: 2 July 2013; in revised form: 14 August 2013 / Accepted: 14 August 2013 / Published: 3 September 2013
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2013, 2(3), 729-748; doi:10.3390/ijgi2030729
Received: 25 June 2013; in revised form: 29 July 2013 / Accepted: 31 July 2013 / Published: 9 August 2013
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2013, 2(3), 598-620; doi:10.3390/ijgi2030598
Received: 3 May 2013; in revised form: 6 June 2013 / Accepted: 20 June 2013 / Published: 27 June 2013
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Last update: 28 February 2014

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