WiBeacon : Expanding BLE location-based services via WiFi

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary WorksRGC 32 - Refereed conference paper (with host publication)peer-review

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACM MobiCom '21 - Proceedings of the 27th ACM Annual International Conference On Mobile Computing And Networking
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages83-96
ISBN (Print)9781450383424
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking, MOBICOM

Conference

Title27th ACM Annual International Conference On Mobile Computing And Networking (MobiCom 2021)
PlaceUnited States
CityNew Orleans
Period31 January - 4 February 2022

Abstract

Despite the popularity of Bluetooth low energy (BLE) location-based services (LBS) in Internet of things applications, large-scale BLE LBS are extremely challenging due to the expenses of deploying and maintaining BLE beacons. To alleviate this issue, this work presents WiBeacon, which repurposes ubiquitously deployed WiFi access points (AP) into virtual BLE beacons via only moderate software upgrades. Specifically, a WiBeacon-enabled AP can broadcast elaborately designed WiFi packets that could be recognized as iBeacon-compatible location identifiers by unmodified mobile BLE devices. This offers fast deployment of BLE LBS with zero additional hardware costs and low maintenance burdens. WiBeacon is carefully integrated with native WiFi services, retaining transparency to WiFi clients. We implement WiBeacon on commodity WiFi APs (with various chipsets such as Qualcomm, Broadcom, and MediaTek) and extensively evaluate it across various scenarios, including a real commercial application for courier check-ins. During the two-week pilot study, WiBeacon provides reliable services, i.e., as robust as conventional BLE beacons, for 697 users with 150 types of smartphones.

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  • bluetooth low energy, cross-technology communication, localization, Wi-Fi

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WiBeacon: Expanding BLE location-based services via WiFi. / Liu, Ruofeng; Yin, Zhimeng; Jiang, Wenchao et al.
ACM MobiCom '21 - Proceedings of the 27th ACM Annual International Conference On Mobile Computing And Networking. Association for Computing Machinery, 2022. p. 83-96 (Proceedings of the Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking, MOBICOM).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary WorksRGC 32 - Refereed conference paper (with host publication)peer-review