Open Access Decimeter Positioning in an Urban Environment Through a Scalable Optical-Wireless Network

Christian Tiberius, Gerard Janssen, Jeroen Koelemeij, Erik Dierikx, Cherif Diouf, and Han Dun

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Abstract: This paper presents a terrestrial networked positioning system that obtains a reliable time reference from a national time scale realization and distributes it in a prototype to six roadside base stations through a fiber-optic Gigabit Ethernet network. Wireless wideband signals are transmitted by the base stations, thereby enabling positioning by a mobile receiver with an accuracy of one decimeter in a multipath urban environment. The scalability and compatibility of this system with existing telecommunication-network technologies paves the way for wide-area global navigation satellite system-independent back-up systems for timing and positioning with improved coverage and performance. The results presented in this paper are based on research carried out within the scope of a project funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO, project 13970).
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Published in: NAVIGATION: Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 70, Number 3
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