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GNSS Shadow Matching: The Challenges Ahead

Groves, PD; Wang, L; Adjrad, M; Ellul, C; (2015) GNSS Shadow Matching: The Challenges Ahead. In: Proceedings of the 28th International Technical Meeting of The Satellite Division of the Institute of Navigation (ION GNSS+ 2015). (pp. pp. 2421-2443). The Institute of Navigation: Tampa, Florida, USA. Green open access

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GNSS shadow matching is a new technique that uses 3D mapping to improve positioning accuracy in dense urban areas from tens of meters to within five meters, potentially less. This paper presents the first comprehensive review of shadow matching’s error sources and proposes a program of research and development to take the technology from proof of concept to a robust, reliable and accurate urban positioning product. A summary of the state of the art is also included. Error sources in shadow matching may be divided into six categories: initialization, modelling, propagation, environmental complexity, observation, and algorithm approximations. Performance is also affected by the environmental geometry and it is sometimes necessary to handle solution ambiguity. For each error source, the cause and how it impacts the position solution is explained. Examples are presented, where available, and improvements to the shadow-matching algorithms to mitigate each error are proposed. Methods of accommodating quality control within shadow matching are then proposed, including uncertainty determination, ambiguity detection, and outlier detection. This is followed by a discussion of how shadow matching could be integrated with conventional ranging-based GNSS and other navigation and positioning technologies. This includes a brief review of methods to enhance ranging-based GNSS using 3D mapping. Finally, the practical engineering challenges of shadow matching are assessed, including the system architecture, efficient GNSS signal prediction and the acquisition of 3D mapping data.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: GNSS Shadow Matching: The Challenges Ahead
Event: ION GNSS+ 2015
Location: Tampa, FL, USA
Dates: 14 September 2015 - 18 September 2015
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.ion.org/publications/abstract.cfm?jp=p&...
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Authors 2015.
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1472568
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