Indoor Bluetooth Low Energy Dataset for Localization, Tracking, Occupancy, and Social Interaction

Sensors (Basel). 2018 Dec 17;18(12):4462. doi: 10.3390/s18124462.


Indoor localization has become a mature research area, but further scientific developments are limited due to the lack of open datasets and corresponding frameworks suitable to compare and evaluate specialized localization solutions. Although several competitions provide datasets and environments for comparing different solutions, they hardly consider novel technologies such as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), which is gaining more and more importance in indoor localization due to its wide availability in personal and environmental devices and to its low costs and flexibility. This paper contributes to cover this gap by: (i) presenting a new indoor BLE dataset; (ii) reviewing several, meaningful use cases in different application scenarios; and (iii) discussing alternative uses of the dataset in the evaluation of different positioning and navigation applications, namely localization, tracking, occupancy and social interaction.

Keywords: Bluetooth Low Energy; dataset; indoor localization; social interaction; tracking.

MeSH terms

  • Databases as Topic*
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Signal Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Smartphone
  • Wireless Technology*