‘PIL’ solution on the run for the Microsoft Indoor Location Competition



After placing 3rd in the 2015 Microsoft Indoor Location Competition - the most renowned competition in the field - Fraunhofer AICOS will once again participate in the indoor positioning location competition. The contest takes place on the 10th and 11th of April, during the CPS Week 2016, which this year is held from the 11th to the 14th of April, in Vienna (Austria). Fraunhofer AICOS is applying in the 2D Localization Category with its ‘Precise Indoor Location’ (PIL) solution.


Fraunhofer AICOS is participating with the PIL project which is an accurate indoor location technology with sub-meter level accuracy that allows indoor navigation using a smartphone. It does not require efforts to generate and maintain maps of buildings for the purpose of indoor location in order to contribute to the rapid spread of indoor location solutions on the consumer level.

PIL has been designed to support several real usage scenarios, such as when the smartphone is in a pocket or while in calling or texting. Target markets are e.g. retail, solutions for public and private safety providers or elderly people.

Accurate indoor localization has the potential to transform the way people navigate indoors in a similar way that GPS transformed the way people navigate outdoors. Over the last 15 years, several indoor localization technologies have been proposed and experimented by both academia and industry, but we have yet to see large scale deployments. The Microsoft Indoor Location Competition – IPSN 2016 aims to bring together real-time or near real-time indoor location technologies and compare their performance in the same space.

The 49 received submissions have been classified into two categories: 3D and 2D localization. All 27 teams in the 3D localization category require to deploy custom hardware, and will have to provide 3D locations during evaluation. All 22 teams in the 2D localization category - namely Fraunhofer AICOS with its PIL solution - rely on already available signals such as WiFi and FM, and will have to report 2D locations during evaluation.

The Microsoft Indoor Location Competition – IPSN 2016 takes place during the CPS Week 2016 which is the premier event on Cyber-Physical Systems. It brings together four top conferences, HSCC, ICCPS, IPSN, and RTAS, four summits, six tutorials, 20 workshops, a localization competition and various exhibitions from both industry and academia. Altogether the CPS Week program covers a multitude of complementary aspects of CPS, and reunites the leading researchers in this dynamic field.