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Cyprus University innovative system awarded by Microsoft Research

28 May, 2014

The research team from the University of Cyprus ranked 2nd worldwide in the Indoor Localization Contest organized by Microsoft Research (USA) for localizing a mobile device in indoor spaces, such airports, shopping malls or other public spaces, a press release of the University of Cyprus said.

The innovative system for real-time geolocation and tracking inside buildings that was jointly developed by the KIOS Research Center, the Department of Computer Science both at the University of Cyprus, and the high-tech company Cywee Ltd. (Taiwan), won the 2nd place award in its category, the press release added.

It noted that “there is growing demand for such technology because ubiquitous satellite-based GPS is unavailable or significantly degraded inside buildings and alternative approaches available on smartphones have an accuracy of only tens to hundreds of meters”.
The prize was awarded for ranking 2nd in the infrastructure-free category, one of two competition categories.

Overall, the presented system ranked 3rd in both categories of the competition, winning high profile teams from Microsoft Research Asia (China), Carnegie Mellon (USA), University of Oxford (UK), Humboldt & Freie University of Berlin (Germany), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), Rutgers University (USA) and numerous other companies from Brazil, Poland, India and the USA.