Ocrapose: An indoor positioning system using smartphone/tablet cameras and OCR-aided stereo feature matching

In this paper, we propose an image-based localization system, applicable for a number of indoor scenarios including office buildings, airports, chain stores, etc. In such applications, text/numbers are suitable distinctive landmarks for localization. The proposed system takes advantage of OCR to read the text/numbers and provide a rough estimate using the floor plan.

Next, it performs OCR-aided stereo feature matching to refine the estimate by solving a PnP problem. Experiments show that this system achieves a median localization error of less than 50 cm for test positions located as far as 7 meters from a 20cm by 30cm number plate using different test devices in a university building scenario.

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