# Using RSSI to locate an object

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#### Josh916

Jan 1, 1970
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I would like to use RSSI to locate an object in a 3D space. The space
will be a square box with transmitters located on the 4 corners. An
object will be place at certain positions within the box and I want to
be able to determine its location inside the box. Much like an
internal GPS.

I would like to know what components (IC's?) I need to perform such a

Or if anyone else has any other more effective methods to acheive such

Thanks,

Josh

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#### Jamie

Jan 1, 1970
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Josh916 said:
I would like to use RSSI to locate an object in a 3D space. The space
will be a square box with transmitters located on the 4 corners. An
object will be place at certain positions within the box and I want to
be able to determine its location inside the box. Much like an
internal GPS.

I would like to know what components (IC's?) I need to perform such a

Or if anyone else has any other more effective methods to acheive such

Thanks,

Josh
since RSSI devices (most of them) can output analog for a project that
you have in mind. a uC (microprocessor) would be suited for that.
Look at the AVR line of programmable chips. You'll need a DEV starter
kit and learn a little about programming.
THey have chips that offer multiple ADC (Analog to Digital ) converters.
With these chips, they have enough power for a HID (Human INterface
device) or simply output some coded results to your computer via a
serial port and write some software.
You may also want to look at Rabbit core embedded processors. With
those, the hassle has been taken out of making a board. etc.. look
them up on line.

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#### Phil Allison

Jan 1, 1970
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"Josh916" <[email protected]>

I would like to use RSSI to locate an object in a 3D space. The space
will be a square box with transmitters located on the 4 corners. An
object will be place at certain positions within the box and I want to
be able to determine its location inside the box. Much like an
internal GPS.

** And when did you come up with this nut case idea?

Or was it someone else's ?

I would like to know what components (IC's?) I need to perform such a

** How do you know it can even be done to any degree of accuracy ?

Or if anyone else has any other more effective methods to acheive such

** You better explain the task much more clearly, with all the details.

Or it qualifies as yet another:

" Novice needs help with CRAZY project" TROLL.

....... Phil

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#### David L. Jones

Jan 1, 1970
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I would like to use RSSI to locate an object in a 3D space. The space
will be a square box with transmitters located on the 4 corners. An
object will be place at certain positions within the box and I want to
be able to determine its location inside the box. Much like an
internal GPS.

I would like to know what components (IC's?) I need to perform such a

Or if anyone else has any other more effective methods to acheive such

Thanks,

Josh

Do you have to use RSSI?
Can you use any object?

One alternative way to do it would be with visual object recognition
using a camera on each side of the box.

For using RSSI I would have thought that you would have to use 4
receivers and the object is the transmitter?

Dave.

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#### Frank Raffaeli

Jan 1, 1970
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I would like to use RSSI to locate an object in a 3D space. The space
will be a square box with transmitters located on the 4 corners. An
object will be place at certain positions within the box and I want to
be able to determine its location inside the box. Much like an
internal GPS.

I would like to know what components (IC's?) I need to perform such a

Or if anyone else has any other more effective methods to acheive such

Thanks,

Josh

and there are a lot of reasons why an accurate position indicator is
impractical using only this method, especially in the near field of
the TX antennas.

It certainly won't work for VHF and above. I have had some success
with short range position indicators using 125 kHz sources. If that is
feasible for you, please indicate the dimensions you are working with.

Frank Raffaeli
http://www.aomwireless.com/

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#### Don Bowey

Jan 1, 1970
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I would like to use RSSI to locate an object in a 3D space. The space
will be a square box with transmitters located on the 4 corners. An
object will be place at certain positions within the box and I want to
be able to determine its location inside the box. Much like an
internal GPS.

I would like to know what components (IC's?) I need to perform such a

Or if anyone else has any other more effective methods to acheive such

Thanks,

Josh

Which 4 corners of the 8-cornered box do you plan to use?

Don

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#### Phil Allison

Jan 1, 1970
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"Don Bowey"
"Josh916"
Which 4 corners of the 8-cornered box do you plan to use?

...... Phil

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#### Joe G $$Home$$

Jan 1, 1970
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Frank Raffaeli said:
and there are a lot of reasons why an accurate position indicator is
impractical using only this method, especially in the near field of
the TX antennas.

It certainly won't work for VHF and above. I have had some success
with short range position indicators using 125 kHz sources. If that is
feasible for you, please indicate the dimensions you are working with.

Frank Raffaeli
http://www.aomwireless.com/

Yes, Frank is correct.

If the signal is attenuated in any way.... (eg by antena beam width, objects
absorbing RF, RF reflections causing canceling or summing effect) then your
accruacy using RSSI will be shot.

You should read up on the internet about how GPS using timed signals and
sequences work to compute location.

There are so may problems using RSSI accurately for distance.

Regards
Joe

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#### Robert Lacoste

Jan 1, 1970
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Josh916 said:
I would like to use RSSI to locate an object in a 3D space. The space
will be a square box with transmitters located on the 4 corners. An
object will be place at certain positions within the box and I want to
be able to determine its location inside the box. Much like an
internal GPS.

I would like to know what components (IC's?) I need to perform such a

You can have a look at Chipcon's (now TI) CC2431 Zigbee transceivers : they
offer a hardware-based location detection feature.
See http://www.chipcon.com/index.cfm?kat_ id=2&subkat_id=12&dok_id=261,
claimed spatial resolution is 0,5m over a 64x64m area, with an overall
accuracy of 3m

Friendly,

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#### chuck

Jan 1, 1970
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Josh916 said:
I would like to use RSSI to locate an object in a 3D space. The space
will be a square box with transmitters located on the 4 corners. An
object will be place at certain positions within the box and I want to
be able to determine its location inside the box. Much like an
internal GPS.

I would like to know what components (IC's?) I need to perform such a

Or if anyone else has any other more effective methods to acheive such

Thanks,

Josh

GPS doesn't use RSSI, of course.

Is the task you want to perform the use of RSSI, or the determination of
position location with a box? What kind of accuracy do you hope to achieve?

Have you considered ultrasonic distance measurement?

Chuck

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#### Josh916

Jan 1, 1970
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The project is to locate a r/c boat in a roughly 2 to 3m^2 water
filled box, hence the transmitters or recievers will only be on the 3
or 4 walls of the box.

It will need to be fairly accurate considering the size of the box
relative to the size of the boat (i.e down to cm's).

We are also considering placing a webcam above the box and using image
processing to locate the boat, however I thought we might get more

I hope that helps.

Josh

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#### Phil Allison

Jan 1, 1970
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"Josh916" <[email protected]

** Really desperate Groper Alert !!

The project is to locate a r/c boat in a roughly 2 to 3m^2 water
filled box, hence the transmitters or recievers will only be on the 3
or 4 walls of the box.

** Huh ??

This is even LOONIER that I thought !!

It will need to be fairly accurate considering the size of the box
relative to the size of the boat (i.e down to cm's).

We are also considering placing a webcam above the box and using image
processing to locate the boat, however I thought we might get more

** Well, you thought wrong.

....... Phil

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#### David L. Jones

Jan 1, 1970
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Josh916 said:
The project is to locate a r/c boat in a roughly 2 to 3m^2 water
filled box, hence the transmitters or recievers will only be on the 3
or 4 walls of the box.

This detail would have been useful at the start!
So is it a 2 dimentional problem or a 3 dimentional problem?
i.e. can the water level vary?
If it can vary then you can use a simple water level meter and then
turn it into a 2 dimentional problem.
It will need to be fairly accurate considering the size of the box
relative to the size of the boat (i.e down to cm's).

We are also considering placing a webcam above the box and using image
processing to locate the boat, however I thought we might get more

Nope, not a chance. Visual object recognition is the way to go, with a
water level meter if needed.

Dave.

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#### Phil Allison

Jan 1, 1970
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"David L. Jones"
This detail would have been useful at the start!
So is it a 2 dimentional problem or a 3 dimentional problem?
i.e. can the water level vary?

**The OP is utterly confused, he simply has no idea what " 3 dimensions"
means.

He describes a box in terms of square area ???

He says the box is "filled" with water - but is it ??

He talks of an RC boat - but is it really a RC submarine ??

Must be if the box is "filled" with water, RC submarines are available.

Ergo it follows....

The OP is a just another naive, code scribbler with ZERO comprehension of
physics or electronics.

They are now in plague proportions.

........ Phil

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#### Donald

Jan 1, 1970
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Josh916 said:
The project is to locate a r/c boat in a roughly 2 to 3m^2 water
filled box, hence the transmitters or recievers will only be on the 3
or 4 walls of the box.

It will need to be fairly accurate considering the size of the box
relative to the size of the boat (i.e down to cm's).

We are also considering placing a webcam above the box and using image
processing to locate the boat, however I thought we might get more

I hope that helps.

Josh
Josh,

Your idea has been tried by big governments with big budgets.

NO, it will not work.

If you care to read a little, you may find a not so cheap way of doing
what you want:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudolite

good luck

If you find a way of getting this done, in any home made way,

donald

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#### Josh916

Jan 1, 1970
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Josh,

Your idea has been tried by big governments with big budgets.

NO, it will not work.

If you care to read a little, you may find a not so cheap way of doing
what you want:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudolite

good luck

If you find a way of getting this done, in any home made way,

donald- Hide quoted text -

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Thanks for everyones help, RSSI was mentioned to me by a fellow
academic and I'm at the stage of researching its possiblilites.

He seems to think that it is possible.

I will keep looking into it as I also have a backup plan using the
webcam.

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#### Phil Allison

Jan 1, 1970
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"Josh916"

** Definitely a RSI expert.

Got a PhD in " Pure and Applied Wanking" - I bet.

Thanks for everyones help, RSSI was mentioned to me by a fellow
academic and I'm at the stage of researching its possiblilites.

** Whaaaaatttt ??

We are dealing with an academic ??????

Or is it an academic twat.

He seems to think that it is possible.

** ROTFLMAO !!!!

Then let THAT fucking jerk off show YOU how.

My earlier summation is now proved CORRECT beyond any doubt:

" The OP is utterly confused, he simply has no idea what " 3 dimensions"
means.

He describes a box in terms of square area ???

He says the box is "filled" with water - but is it ??

He talks of an RC boat - but is it really a RC submarine ??

Must be if the box is "filled" with water, RC submarines are available.

Ergo it follows....

The OP is a just another naive, code scribbler with ZERO comprehension of
physics or electronics.

They are now in plague proportions. "

And the unmitigated GALL to call themselves "academics"

- what a bloody HOOT !!!

........ Phil

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#### Donald

Jan 1, 1970
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Josh916 said:
Thanks for everyones help, RSSI was mentioned to me by a fellow
academic and I'm at the stage of researching its possiblilites.

He seems to think that it is possible.

This I would like to see.

I too tried in college to use ultra-sonic devices.

It was just too difficult to get a signal that would work.

I will admit the technology has improved 1,000 fold over the years.

However, physics has not.

Good Luck

I would be very interested in how you both get this done.

donald

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#### David L. Jones

Jan 1, 1970
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Thanks for everyones help, RSSI was mentioned to me by a fellow
academic and I'm at the stage of researching its possiblilites.

He seems to think that it is possible.

Josh, he is wrong.
It can be done (sort of) on a larger scale, but at the small scale you
are talking about it's just not possible as other posters have
mentioned. You would be lucky to determine if the object is inside the
box or outside, let alone its position inside.
I will keep looking into it as I also have a backup plan using the
webcam.

Seriously, start your backup plan now. Then it just becomes
essentially a software project.

Dave.

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#### Josh916

Jan 1, 1970
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Josh, he is wrong.
It can be done (sort of) on a larger scale, but at the small scale you
are talking about it's just not possible as other posters have
mentioned. You would be lucky to determine if the object is inside the
box or outside, let alone its position inside.

Seriously, start your backup plan now. Then it just becomes
essentially a software project.

Dave.- Hide quoted text -

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Having done some more research today it looks like other posibilities
include acoustic positioning or infrared positioning (e.g.
http://instruct1.cit.cornell.edu/courses/ee476/FinalProjects/s2004/rd73/476finalpro.htm)

What does everyone think about the other technologies mentioned above?

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