Humans are basically an indoor species. Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) cannot be used for indoor including underground mining environments. Alternative positioning technologies are needed. Indoor positioning and indoor navigation have uncountable applications. 

Our competitive advantage 

  • The only research group in Australia focuses on indoor positioning and indoor navigation technologies 
  • Expertise in indoor positioning technologies including wi-fi, bluetooth low energy, RFID, ultra-wide band, magnetic field, inertial measurement unit etc.  

Recent research projects 

  • ARC-linkage project: third generation of positioning system for underground mine environments 
  • Cross-faculty research grant: “3D-enhanced facility management for supporting navigation experience of disabled people” 
  • Linkage gold star award: “a wearable indoor navigation device for blind and vision impaired persons” 
  • DIIU seed fund: “positioning and navigation for people who are blind or have low vision in indoor environments based on ultra-wide band” 
  • SCHF Greenlight Pilot “The Poles Apart Study”  

Our partners 

  • Vision Australia  
  • Centre for Inclusive Design  
  • ACERCA  
  • Redwood Technology 
  • Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick 

Successful applications 

  • Underground mine positioning based on BLE, IMU and magnetic field 
  • Indoor asset tracking based on BLE and LoRa 
  • Using UWB for athlete training 
  • Using UWB to navigate people who are blind or have low vision  
  • Indoor/outdoor high accurate positioning based on integration of UWB and GPS RTK 

Facilities & infrastructures 

  • UWB positioning system, tags, anchors and positioning engine.  
  • BLE devices including BLE 5.1 devices for AoA and AoD. 
  • LoRa devices 
  • GNSS receivers 

Our people


For more information, contact Dr Binghao Li.