Maybe. We use our wireless system for less granular location reports than you might need, and we don't use it for realtime applications.
Briefly; the central wireless controller system (Aruba), is configured such that the controller can report patron location to around 30 feet, possibly less (calculation on signal strength information). We report sanitized (no PII) building use by campus affiliation (we have 7) by library floor by area by time (hour/day/week, etc). Information about device hardware and OSes is also reported.
We're in the midst of statistically testing whether this can replace and improve on our headcounts. And it seems that I will present our methodology at ALA this summer, so if you'd like more detail I'll be obliged to have something prepared by then ;) Meanwhile I'd always like to hear about what others are doing along these lines.
Sam Kome | Director, Collection Services and Scholarly Communication |The Claremont Colleges Library
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Subject: [CODE4LIB] Wi-Fi location triangulation
Has anyone used Wi-Fi to determine a user's position within the library to help them zero in on a book's location using their mobile browser?
I've seen a number of interesting articles and posts, but haven't come across any actual use cases. I'm wondering if all the metal shelving in a library would make this impossible?
University of North Carolina Wilmington
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