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Parsing an RSSI measurement file using python

Below commands shows how to use python to parse, load and plot data from an RSSI measurement file created by the Winiff app. The Winiff app create text files with below format (first column is measurement time, second column is the RSSI value):

145634607014179	-66.0
145634615740486	-66.0
145634619692833	-67.0
145634623423563	-68.0
  • Install required libraries
$ pip install -r requirements.txt
  • Start a python interpreter (e.g. ipython or python)
$ ipython
  • Specify the path to the measurement file, and load into a Dataframe.
measurement_file = '/path/to/the/measurement/file'
import pandas as pd
df = pd.read_csv(measurement_file, sep='\t', names=['time', 'rssi'], index_col='time')
  • Plot the data
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
  • Convert to regular timeseries (The RSSI measurements made by Winiff have irregular time intervals).
df.index = pd.to_datetime(df.index, unit='ns')  # convert index to datetime
df_regular = df.resample('10ms').mean()  # 10ms between samples
  • Put the data into numpy array and plot
data = df_regular.values.ravel()

Parsing structurally recorded measurement data

prase_rssi.py script is used to load the dataset described here. The output format is suited for using data to train machine learning models. The script can also be used for when the RSSI recording is made while a repeated event (e.g. a hand gesture) was happening repeatedly with a fixed gap between consecutive events (e.g. every 10 seconds, a hand gesture is performed). For every recording:

  • First connect the phone to Wi-Fi, and start a new measurement in the Winiff app.
  • Start the event, which is intended to happen while the RSSI recording is ongoing (e.g. start performing the hand gesture).
  • Mark the time the subject event was started in seconds, start_time (e.g. the time when the first hand gesture was performed after the recording started, e.g. 7 seconds).
  • Mark the time gap, in seconds, between each two occurrences of the repeated event (e.g. the time between two consecutive hand gestures, e.g. 10 seconds).
  • Name the recoding file as below:



Here the events have 'swipe' as label, the first event started 7 seconds after the recording was started and the gap between consecutive events was 10 seconds. When run, the script will:

  • Parse the raw data.
  • Resample it into regular timeseries (The RSSI measurements made by Winiff have irregular time intervals).
  • Chunk the data into windows (one window per each one of the repeated events).
  • Store the results into two numpy arrays (one for the event windows and another for the corresponding labels).
  • Dump the arrays to disk after compressing them.


  1. Make the script dependencies available in your python environment.
pip install -r requirements.txt
  1. Specify you dataset labels using the LABELS variable in prase_rssi.py
    (make sure they are the same as the ones used to name your measurements files). E.g.:
LABELS = ['swipe', 'push', 'pull']
  1. Load the script from a python interpreter (e.g. ipython or python)
ipython -i parse_rssi.py


python -i parse_rssi.py

and execute:

    resolution='5ms'  # output data resolution

The parsed data will be saved compressed under the sepcified output_dir, named as <label_name>_<resolution>.npz, (e.g. wisture_5ms.npz). 3. You can load the parsed data as follows:

import numpy as np
dataset_path = '/path/to/parsed/data/directory/wisture_5ms.npz'
npz_file = np.load(dataset_path)
data = npz_file['data']
labels = npz_file['labels']