Effects of Spatial Randomness on Locating a Point Source with Distributed Sensors

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Conference Proceeding

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Integrated Engineering


Most studies that consider the problem of estimating the location of a point source in wireless sensor networks assume that the source location is estimated by a set of spatially distributed sensors, whose locations are fixed. Motivated by the fact that the observation quality and performance of the localization algorithm depend on the location of the sensors, which could be randomly distributed, this paper investigates the performance of a recently proposed energy-based source-localization algorithm under the assumption that the sensors are positioned according to a uniform clustering process. Practical considerations such as the existence and size of the exclusion zones around each sensor and the source will be studied. By introducing a novel performance measure called the estimation outage, it will be shown how parameters related to the network geometry such as the distance between the source and the closest sensor to it as well as the number of sensors within a region surrounding the source affect the localization performance.

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2014 IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops (ICC)