Firefly: Localizing Drones with Visible Light Communication and Sensor Fusion

Ricardo Ampudia Hernandez*, Talia Xu, Yanqiu Huang, Marco A. Zúñiga Zamalloa

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Abstract

In this paper, we propose a new approach where drones attain accurate localization by fusing information from artificial lighting and their embedded inertial and barometer sensors. Our system is able to provide accurate drone localization without the use of radios, GPS or cameras. We evaluate our framework, dubbed Firefly, with a testbed consisting of four light beacons and a mini-drone. Our results show that Firefly allows locating the drone within a few decimeters of the actual position; and compared to two state-of-the-art positioning methods that rely solely on lighting information, Firefly can reduce the localization error by 50 % and 80%.. respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings
Subtitle of host publication19th International Conference on Distributed Computing in Smart Systems and the Internet of Things, DCOSS-IoT 2023
PublisherIEEE
Pages217-221
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)979-8-3503-4649-7
ISBN (Print)979-8-3503-4650-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sept 2023
Event19th International Conference on Distributed Computing in Smart Systems and the Internet of Things, DCOSS-IoT 2023 - Paphos, Cyprus
Duration: 19 Jun 202321 Jun 2023
Conference number: 19
https://dcoss.org/dcoss23/

Publication series

NameProceedings - 19th International Conference on Distributed Computing in Smart Systems and the Internet of Things, DCOSS-IoT 2023
PublisherIEEE
ISSN (Print)2325-2936
ISSN (Electronic)2325-2944

Conference

Conference19th International Conference on Distributed Computing in Smart Systems and the Internet of Things, DCOSS-IoT 2023
Abbreviated titleDCOSS-IoT 2023
Country/TerritoryCyprus
CityPaphos
Period19/06/2321/06/23
Internet address

Keywords

  • Drone localization
  • Sensor fusion
  • Visible Light Communication
  • 2023 OA procedure

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