Using Barometer for Floor Assignation within Statistical Indoor Localization

Toni Fetzer*, Frank Ebner, Frank Deinzer, Marcin Grzegorzek

*Corresponding author for this work


This paper presents methods for floor assignation within an indoor localization system. We integrate the barometer of the phone as an additional sensor to detect floor changes. In contrast to state-of-the-art methods, our statistical model uses a discrete state variable as floor information, instead of a continuous one. Due to the inconsistency of the barometric sensor data, our approach is based on relative pressure readings. All we need beforehand is the ceiling height including the ceiling’s thickness. Further, we discuss several variations of our method depending on the deployment scenario. Since a barometer alone is not able to detect the position of a pedestrian, we additionally incorporate Wi-Fi, iBeacons, Step and Turn Detection statistically in our experiments. This enables a realistic evaluation of our methods for floor assignation. The experimental results show that the usage of a barometer within 3D indoor localization systems can be highly recommended. In nearly all test cases, our approach improves the positioning accuracy while also keeping the update rates low.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)80
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 01.2023

Research Areas and Centers

  • Centers: Center for Artificial Intelligence Luebeck (ZKIL)


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