Indoor Positioning System EAGER Project Public Outcomes Report

September 30th, 2016 | RESEARCH

This EAGER project sought to generate early knowledge for the museum field about the capabilities and limitations of an Indoor Positioning System to: 1) automate the collection of visitor movement data for museum research, and 2) enable location-aware applications designed to support museum visitor learning. Working with Qualcomm, Inc., the Exploratorium installed and experimented with an early prototype of a whole-museum, WiFi-based IPS that acquired and processed timestamped location data (latitude/longitude) from mobile test devices, similar to cell phones. The project 1) defined IPS ground-truth testing protocols for three levels of location resolution: gallery (dozen or more meters), cluster (several meters), and exhibit (one meter or less); 2) tested the reliability of the prototype IPS to collect visitor movement data at all three location resolutions; 3) prototyped and evaluated a location-aware mobile application that allowed visitors to listen to and record “crowd-sourced” comments within a gallery; and, 4) developed and made public tools to assist in the analysis of timestamped latitude/longitude data, which can be adapted to accommodate other types of positioning systems beyond this project’s prototype WiFi-based IPS.



Team Members

Joyce Ma, Principal Investigator, Exploratorium
Josh Gutwill, Co-Principal Investigator, Exploratorium
William Meyer, Co-Principal Investigator
Claire Pillsbury, Contributor, Exploratorium
Douglas Thistlewolf, Contributor


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: EAGER
Award Number: 1346664
Funding Amount: 296772

Related URLs

EAGER: An Indoor Positioning System for Informal Learning Experiences


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