30th Workshop – Technologies for Identification and 3D Localisation of Assets and People

6 December 2019 @ imec – Leuven

In this workshop, our experts from academia and local industry will present wireless and non-wireless technologies to identify, locate and track people and assets.
Several innovations will be (live) demonstrated.

This workshop also serves as an imec / Flanders Make / EUKA joint “proeftuin” workshop, supported by Vlaanderen Industrie 4.0 and VLAIO.


imec 1 auditorium, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Leuven.

Final Programme: Presentations and Demos

12:30Registration and sandwich lunch
Kris Hermus, Coordinator Wireless Community & Innovation Program Manager, imec
Eli De Poorter, Professor, imec-IDLab-UGent
13:30VSLAM is ready: performant and affordable asset localization using vision
Dominick Vanthienen, CTO, Intermodalics
slides (members only, login required)

Vision-based positioning, including techniques such as vision-based simultaneous localization and mapping (VSLAM), have matured and are increasingly used in commercial applications such as AR/VR headsets, phones and consumer robots. In this presentation, Dominick Vanthienen, CTO at Intermodalics, will provide an overview of the technology and existing commercial applications utilizing vision-based positioning in the market today. Furthermore, he will outline the substantial benefits of vision-based positioning – including the synergies with other vision technologies to create robotic awareness- and its ability to scale.
14:05Multi-modal localization for battery powered IoT applications
Michiel Aernouts, Researcher, imec-IDLab-UAntwerp
slides (members only, login required)

Multi-modal communication via Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) enables IoT devices to switch dynamically between multiple possible scenarios. Location-based services that build upon such a multimodal communication architecture are able to apply an optimal localization method depending on the constraints of the active wireless technology. In this presentation, we summarize our research on LPWAN localization and illustrate how switching between networks can benefit the localization accuracy of an IoT application that involves both indoor and outdoor localization.
14:30Sensor-Fusion for Accurate In-Door 3D Localisation
Jia Wan, Research Engineer, Flanders Make
slides (members only, login required)

The research at the Flanders Make regarding in-door localization and asset identification will be presented. Different sensor configurations have been tested in both off-line calculation and on-line flight demos, which show promising results regarding the localization accuracy and the feasibility of the drone inventory taking concept.
15:00Coffee Break & Demo Visit

Demo: Indoor Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (iPoint) System
Royal Military Academy, Belgium

The iPoint system offers an innovative solution that aims to provide seamless transition of the GPS services between outdoor to indoor environments. In the iPoint system an unlimited number of tags can be simultaneously localized, with the position update rate that is independent of the tag density. Tag output is compatible with consumer grade GPS receivers (NMEA format) enabling integration of the iPoint technology with existing GPS applications. The system is easy to deploy, remotely configurable, and no manual calibration is needed.
15:30Indoor Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (iPoint) System
Hafeez M. Chaudhary, Dr. Ir., Royal Military Academy, Belgium.
slides (members only, login required)

We are developing a system called iPoint (indoor positioning, navigation, and timing). The iPoint is an innovative solution that aims to extend and expand the economic and societal benefits of the GNSS/GPS based positioning and navigation applications to the indoor environments wherein GPS either does not work or the accuracy is inadequate to support indoor applications. In the iPoint system an unlimited number of tags can be simultaneously localized, with the position update rate that is independent of the tag density. The iPoint system targets to provide seamless transition of the GPS services between outdoor to indoor environments. The iPoint system also offers possibilities to innovate real-time location system for automatically identifying and tracking location of objects or people in real-time, inside buildings or other covered areas. We have a working proof of concept of the system which we will demonstrate in this event.
16:00Visible Light Positioning: What, why and how?
Nobby Stevens, Professor, KU Leuven-DraMCo
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In this talk, the technology of Visible Light Positioning (VLP) is discussed. Highly accurate indoor positioning is a long-standing research topic, with still a number of obstacles. More than ten years ago, the idea of modulating artificial light at frequencies above the bandwidth of the human eye, gave rise to a new way to perform wireless communication. One application domain is indoor positioning, where, based on unique properties of the received signal, an estimate of the location within the premises can be made. During the presentation, different approaches to this end are considered with each one having its own drawback and advantages. In the following part, RSS based VLP is elaborated in more detail due to its distinct characteristics. The current state-of-the-art is considered in detail, followed by an outlook for further valorization opportunities.
16:30Plenary discussions and conclusions
16:45Networking reception
18:30End of the workshop