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Secure Indoor Localization Based on Extracting Trusted Fingerprint

School of Information Science and Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha 410012, China
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Sensors 2018, 18(2), 469;
Received: 3 January 2018 / Revised: 25 January 2018 / Accepted: 29 January 2018 / Published: 5 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Security, Trust and Privacy for Sensor Networks)
Indoor localization based on WiFi has attracted a lot of research effort because of the widespread application of WiFi. Fingerprinting techniques have received much attention due to their simplicity and compatibility with existing hardware. However, existing fingerprinting localization algorithms may not resist abnormal received signal strength indication (RSSI), such as unexpected environmental changes, impaired access points (APs) or the introduction of new APs. Traditional fingerprinting algorithms do not consider the problem of new APs and impaired APs in the environment when using RSSI. In this paper, we propose a secure fingerprinting localization (SFL) method that is robust to variable environments, impaired APs and the introduction of new APs. In the offline phase, a voting mechanism and a fingerprint database update method are proposed. We use the mutual cooperation between reference anchor nodes to update the fingerprint database, which can reduce the interference caused by the user measurement data. We analyze the standard deviation of RSSI, mobilize the reference points in the database to vote on APs and then calculate the trust factors of APs based on the voting results. In the online phase, we first make a judgment about the new APs and the broken APs, then extract the secure fingerprints according to the trusted factors of APs and obtain the localization results by using the trusted fingerprints. In the experiment section, we demonstrate the proposed method and find that the proposed strategy can resist abnormal RSSI and can improve the localization accuracy effectively compared with the existing fingerprinting localization algorithms. View Full-Text
Keywords: fingerprint; indoor localization; secure; trusted factor; WiFi fingerprint; indoor localization; secure; trusted factor; WiFi
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Luo, J.; Yin, X.; Zheng, Y.; Wang, C. Secure Indoor Localization Based on Extracting Trusted Fingerprint. Sensors 2018, 18, 469.

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