I have started a Google Code page for my group’s past Engineering Design II project. You can find the page at http://code.google.com/p/rifl/. Here you will find relevant documents that were used during the design process, various updates, models, and other supporting information as well as a subversion repository to check out the basestation and mobile application projects or even contribute to it. Below is the project’s summary:
Originally an Engineering Design II project from Florida Atlantic University (http://www.fau.edu/) the Relative Indoor Firefighter Locator was meant to establish a Bluetooth piconet where sensor information can be used to track the user’s location (first responder) through the use of a mobile device. Ideally, this system would be self-sustained without relying on outside networks and work fairly well indoors.
As of the end the of Spring 2010 semester our EDII team managed to implement a Bluetooth data transmission medium and implement a simple version of a pedometer to track user’s relative location for a single mobile device. Future improvements consist of allowing multiple devices to connect to a base station, a data medium protocol to allow the piconet to communicate with other piconets which would form a scatternet—effectively extending tracking ranges—and an improved means of interpreting sensor information to better track the user’s location. It is our hope that by hosting this project that all of these areas can be met and the community can take advantage of the techologies available now as well as in the future.
We acknowledge the efforts of the members the Android Open Source Project (http://source.android.com/) for providing the foundations of bluetooth connectivity for the Android mobile devices as well as the efforts of Paul Totterman and Vlad Skarzhevskyy of JSR-82 BlueCove project(http://code.google.com/p/bluecove/) the and those who committed to it for providing the framework to allow Bluetooth connectivity on the PC platform. In addition, we would like to thank our project advisors Drs. Henry Helmken, Bassem Alhalabi, and Ravi Shankar for their support.
FAU Spring 2010 Engineering Design II Team Six
Project Leader: Charles Norona, firstname.lastname@example.org , http://android.fau.edu
CE Member: Allan Pinero
EE Member: Christopher Sizelove