node-trilateration

Node module performing trilateration calculations.

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node-trilateration
A simple solution to the trivial problem of trilateration.

Problem

You've got three beacons, their distances to your device and you want to calculate the device's position.

Theory

Suppose we have three circles, which centers are the positions of beacon. The radius equals to the distances of the beacons. Let the circles be A, B, and C.
Each circle's formula would look like this:
Formula Circle
Substracting two circles would give a linear equation, which crosses their two intersections:
Linear Equation from Subtraction
Calculating the intersection of two of these linear equations give the x-value of the devices position in between the beacons.
Calculate x-value via intersecting
This value can then be inserted in one of the two linear equations to get the corresponding y-value.

Installation

npm install trilateration

Usage

var trilateration = require('node-trilateration');

# Creating three beacons
var beacons = [
	{x: 2, y: 4, distance: 5.7},
	{x: 5.5, y: 13, distance: 6.8},
	{x: 11.5, y: 2, distance: 6.4}
];

# Start Calculation
var pos = trilateration.calculate(beacons);

console.log("X: " + pos.x + "; Y: " + pos.y); // X: 7; Y: 6.5

API

function calculate(Beacons)

Starts the calculation of the position and returns a vector for your device's position.

License

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