Date of Award

Fall 2014

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer and Information Technology

First Advisor

Anthony Smith

Committee Member 1

Raymond Hansen

Committee Member 2

Eric Matson


This thesis objective was to determine the viability of utilizing an untrained Wi-Fi real time location system as a GPS alternative for indoor environments. Background research showed that GPS is rarely able to penetrate buildings to provide reliable location data. The benefit of having location information in a facility and how they might be used for disaster or emergency relief personnel and their resources motivated this research. A building was selected with a well-deployed Wi-Fi infrastructure and its untrained location feature was used to determine the distance between the specified test points and the system identified location. It was found that the average distance from the test point throughout the facility was 14.3 feet 80% of the time. This fell within the defined viable range and supported that an untrained Wi-Fi RTLS system could be a viable solution for GPS's lack of availability indoors