Predicting Floor-Level for 911 Calls with Neural Networks and Smartphone Sensor Data

William Falcon, Henning Schulzrinne

Feb 15, 2018 (modified: Feb 23, 2018) ICLR 2018 Conference Blind Submission readers: everyone Show Bibtex
  • Abstract: In cities with tall buildings, emergency responders need an accurate floor level location to find 911 callers quickly. We introduce a system to estimate a victim's floor level via their mobile device's sensor data in a two-step process. First, we train a neural network to determine when a smartphone enters or exits a building via GPS signal changes. Second, we use a barometer equipped smartphone to measure the change in barometric pressure from the entrance of the building to the victim's indoor location. Unlike impractical previous approaches, our system is the first that does not require the use of beacons, prior knowledge of the building infrastructure, or knowledge of user behavior. We demonstrate real-world feasibility through 63 experiments across five different tall buildings throughout New York City where our system predicted the correct floor level with 100% accuracy.
  • TL;DR: We used an LSTM to detect when a smartphone walks into a building. Then we predict the device's floor level using data from sensors aboard the smartphone.
  • Keywords: Recurrent Neural Networks, RNN, LSTM, Mobile Device, Sensors
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