Research Projects of maxim van de wynckel

OpenHPS - An Open Source Hybrid Positioning System  (Ongoing)

OpenHPS is an open source hybrid positioning system. The framework allows developers to create a process network with graph topology for computing the position of a person or asset. We provide modules that provide positioning methods (e.g. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or visual positioning) or algorithms. These methods and algorithms are represented as nodes in the processing network.

SemBeacon: Semantic Beacons  (Ongoing)

Discovering smart devices in the physical world often requires indoor positioning systems. Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons are widely used for creating scalable, cost-effective positioning systems for indoor navigation, tracking, and location awareness. However, existing BLE specifications either lack sufficient information or rely on proprietary databases for beacon location. In response, we introduce SemBeacon—a novel BLE advertising solution and semantic ontology extension. SemBeacon is backward compatible with iBeacon, Eddystone, and AltBeacon. Through a prototype application, we demonstrate how SemBeacon enables real-time positioning systems that describe both location and environmental context. Unlike Eddystone-URL beacons, which broadcast web pages, SemBeacon focuses on broadcasting semantic data about the environment and available positioning systems using linked data.