Towards Luxtrace: Using solar cells to measure distance indoors

Publication Type Conference Paper
Authors Julian F. Randall, Oliver Amft, Gerhard Tröster
Title Towards Luxtrace: Using solar cells to measure distance indoors
Abstract Navigation for and tracking of humans within a building usually implies significant infrastructure investment and devices are usually too high in weight and volume to be integrated into garments. We propose a system that relies on existing infrastructure (so requires little infrastructure investment) and is based on a sensor that is low cost, low weight, low volume and can be manufactured to have similar characteristics to everyday clothing (flexible, range of colours). This proposed solution is based on solar modules. This paper investigates their theoretical and practical characteristics in a simplified scenario. Two models based on theory and on experimental results (empirical model) are developed and validated. First distance estimations indicate that an empirical model for a particular scenario achieves an accuracy of 18cm with a confidence of 83%.
Date May 2005
Proceedings Title LOCA 2005: Proceedings of the International Conference on Location and Context awareness
Publisher Springer
Volume 3479
Pages 40–51
Series Lecture Notes in Computer Science
DOI 10.1007/11426646_5
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Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg