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Mobile Information Systems
Volume 2016, Article ID 2682869, 16 pages
Research Article

Improving Accuracy and Simplifying Training in Fingerprinting-Based Indoor Location Algorithms at Room Level

Department of Telematics Engineering, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganes, Spain

Received 9 August 2015; Revised 14 December 2015; Accepted 5 January 2016

Academic Editor: Francesco Gringoli

Copyright © 2016 Mario Muñoz-Organero and Claudia Brito-Pacheco. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Fingerprinting-based algorithms are popular in indoor location systems based on mobile devices. Comparing the RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indicator) from different radio wave transmitters, such as Wi-Fi access points, with prerecorded fingerprints from located points (using different artificial intelligence algorithms), fingerprinting-based systems can locate unknown points with a few meters resolution. However, training the system with already located fingerprints tends to be an expensive task both in time and in resources, especially if large areas are to be considered. Moreover, the decision algorithms tend to be of high memory and CPU consuming in such cases and so does the required time for obtaining the estimated location for a new fingerprint. In this paper, we study, propose, and validate a way to select the locations for the training fingerprints which reduces the amount of required points while improving the accuracy of the algorithms when locating points at room level resolution. We present a comparison of different artificial intelligence decision algorithms and select those with better results. We do a comparison with other systems in the literature and draw conclusions about the improvements obtained in our proposal. Moreover, some techniques such as filtering nonstable access points for improving accuracy are introduced, studied, and validated.