Hybridization of GNSS and WiFi ranging for an accurate and seamless indoor-outdoor navigation for smartphones and vehicles in Smart Cities.
The BANSHEE project is an R&D European project funded by the GSA in the field of emerging GNSS receivers technologies. The project is led by ROKUBUN and developed in collaboration with FICOSA, MOCA, DAE and Universitat Politèctica de Catalunya (UPC).
BANSHEE aims to develop a hybrid technology between Wifi and satellite (GNSS) that allows an accurate seamless indoor-outdoor navigation. The outcome is a market-driven solution for Smart City environments.
This technology will allow very accurate navigation in real-time, both indoor and outdoor. The BANSHEE technology avoids the visibility problems of satellite navigation by changing automatically to Wifi when the satellite signal has poor performance (such as in urban canyons or inside a building).
The scope of work includes the demonstration of the technology in two key applications (verticals): smartphones (also called Location-Based Services, LBS) and vehicles (smart mobility).
The applications for this technology is unlimited. Let's see some examples:
- With this technology, the mobile phone won't lose coverage when a user enters a warehouse. It can be used in logistics both inside and outside the warehouse.
- It will be useful for large infrastructures, such as airports, and trade fairs, to manage their employees, sending them to the most crowded spots in real-time.
- The Banshee technology can be embedded in the airport app to help the traveller to find the boarding gate in the shortest time.
- In the retail sector, it can be useful to monitor the flux of people inside a store in a very accurate way.
- In fleet management, it allows the manager to analyse and optimise routes.
- In car-sharing application, for example, in micro-mobility such as scooters, it allows the user to know the exact spot where the scooter is, knowing even at which side of the road the vehicle is.