30 November Dos and Don’ts of Beacon Deployment & IPS Calibration 1 MIN READ November 30, 2020 By Katja Streich technical posts |indoor navigation|, |beacons|, |infsoft tools| 0 Determining a position based on Received Signal Strength (RSS) is the prevalent method for client-based positioning projects such as an indoor navigation solution. Setting up a beacon infrastructure and collecting RSS samples is needed to calibrate the positioning system and to achieve a high-quality IPS (indoor positioning system). With web-based software and a mobile app, infsoft provides important tools for the calibration process. We tell you how to set up and calibrate your IPS correctly and which common mistakes to avoid. DosThe Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons used for indoor positioning need to be installed and configured properly. Specifically, you should make sure that the beacons are attached well enough and are not placed above 4-6 meters. With regard to the configuration of the beacons, a transmission interval between 350 and 800 ms and a small transmission range (e.g. -20 dBm) is optimal. As for the sampling interval, we advise selecting twice the value of the transmission interval in the infsoft Calibration tool. The calibration routes only need to be set up in one direction. This approach is usually sufficient, even for large areas. Furthermore, the calibration routes should only be walked once and at a leisurely, constant speed. Don'tsCalibration routes do not have to be set up in several directions. This generates an unnecessarily high volume of calibration data, which may overload the system. Furthermore, the routes should only be walked once and not multiple times. By walking the routes several times, the data will be overwritten each time, meaning that this procedure does not lead to a more accurate positioning calibration. Furthermore, we advise against selecting a very low beacon transmission interval (e.g. 100 ms) and against storing a low sampling interval in the infsoft Calibration tool. Also interesting: Step-By-Step: Successful Indoor Navigation Setup Get the white paper for free Great introduction to the topic of indoor positioning Download Related Articles Choosing the Right Beacon Strategy infsoft differentiates between two types of beacon inserts: Point-based and grid-based beacon application. Which is ideal for the customer depends on the application. Read More Indoor Navigation with Beacons – How to Use Them in the Most Intelligent Way Indoor navigation with beacons – how to use them in the most intelligent way. Learn more about the most frequently asked questions. Read More How to Configure and Install Beacons Correctly How to configure and install beacons correctly - read our hints for creating a successful IPS. Read More infsoft Locator Beacons with Repeater Functionality By upgrading infsoft Locator Beacons with a repeater functionality, installation effort and costs can be significantly reduced. Read More Data Linking of Beacons Our blog post describes the three technical possibilities to convert beacons to other projects. Read More Step-By-Step: Successful Indoor Navigation Setup The successful setup of an indoor navigation can be realized with just a few steps. We take you on a short tour and offer you a step-by-step guide. Read More Comments are closed.