TDOA UWB Positioning with Three Receivers Using Known Indoor Features

Jan KIETLINSKI-ZALESKI  Takaya YAMAZATO  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E94-A   No.3   pp.964-971
Publication Date: 2011/03/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1337
DOI: 10.1587/transfun.E94.A.964
Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Spread Spectrum Technologies and Applications
Keyword: 
UWB,  positioning,  TDOA,  indoor,  

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Summary: 
Ultra-Wideband is an attractive technology for short range positioning, especially indoors. However, for normal 3D Time Difference of Arrival (TDOA) positioning, at least four receivers with an unblocked direct path to the transmitter are required. A requirement that is not always met. In this work, a novel method for TDOA positioning using only three receivers is presented. TDOA positioning with three receivers is possible by exploiting the knowledge of some of the indoor features, namely positions of big flat reflective surfaces, for example ceiling and walls. The proposed method was verified using data from a measurement campaign.