The uses of ambient light for ubiquitous positioning

Jingbin Liu, Yuwei Chen, Anttoni Jaakkola, Teemu Hakala, Juha Hyyppä, Liang Chen, Jian Tang, Ruizhi Chen, Hannu Hyyppä

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This paper proposed ambient light (ambilight) as a new type of signal sources for positioning. The possibility and methods of ambilight positioning were presented in this paper. It has been shown that two kinds of observables of ambient light can be used for positioning through different principles. Ambilight intensity spectrum measurements have highly location dependency, and they can be used for positioning with the traditional fingerprinting approach. Total ambilight irradiance intensity is used to detect the proximity of a lighting source, and a location solution can be further resolved with the support of knowledge of lighting infrastructure. Ambilight positioning can work in areas where other traditional techniques are not able to function. An ambilight sensor is cost-efficient and miniature in size, and it can be easily integrated with other sensors to form a hybrid positioning system. This paper was concluded with discussions on the possibility, applicability, challenges and outlook of the new ambient light positioning techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2014 IEEE/ION Position, Location and Navigation Symposium, PLANS 2014
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-3320-4
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventIEEE/ION Position, Location and Navigation Symposium - Monterey, United States
Duration: 5 May 20148 May 2014

Publication series

NameIEEE/ion position location and navigation symposium
ISSN (Print)2153-358X
ISSN (Electronic)2153-3598


ConferenceIEEE/ION Position, Location and Navigation Symposium
Abbreviated titlePLANS
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Internet address


  • Ambient intelligence
  • ambient light positionig
  • hybrid positioning
  • indoor navigation
  • location-based service
  • robot localization
  • ubiquitous positioning


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