Indoor Positioning System EAGER Project Public Outcomes Report

Friday, September 30, 2016
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Report | Reference Materials
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Media and Technology, Websites, Mobile Apps, and Online Media, Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Professional Development and Workshops, Exhibitions, Museum and Science Center Exhibits
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Education and learning science | General STEM | Technology

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.

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Team Members

Joyce MaPrincipal Investigator
Josh GutwillCo-Principal Investigator
William MeyerWilliam MeyerCo-Principal Investigator
Claire PillsburyContributor
Douglas ThistlewolfDouglas ThistlewolfContributor

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