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Topic - GPS tracking for mapping crowd movement?

Dave Kerr - on 14 Feb 2013
Another one for the UKC collective brain which hasn't failed me yet...

I have the germ of an idea and want to check its viability before committing any more time to it.

Would it be possible to use either mobile phone GPS or dedicated trackers to record the movement of people around a building in order to map that movement? I hasten to add that this would be anonymous, consensual and for educational rather than surveillance purposes!

My main questions would be:

Do such devices work indoors? (My assumtion is that it would depend on the individual building).
If it does not work well indoors are there alternative positioning technologies that do?
Would it give sufficient accuracy?
What software could be used to map the movement?
Can such devices collect velocity data as well as position data?

Any comments or suggestions gratefully received.


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