Cooperative simultaneous localization and synchronization: Toward a low-cost hardware implementation
Paper in proceedings, 2014

Cooperative sensor self-localization (CSL) in wireless networks usually requires the nodes to be equipped with specific ranging hardware including ultra-wideband or ultrasonic distance sensors. Such designs are not suitable for application in low-cost, low-power sensor networks. Here, we demonstrate how low-cost, low-power, asynchronous sensor nodes can be used to perform CSL (and, simultaneously, distributed synchronization) by means of time-stamped communication without additional ranging hardware. Our method combines a belief propagation message passing algorithm for cooperative simultaneous localization and synchronization (CoSLAS) with a MAC-layer time stamping scheme.We validate the models underlying the CoSLAS algorithm by means of measurements, and we demonstrate that the localization accuracy achieved by our hardware implementation is far better than that corresponding to the time resolution and measurement errors of the hardware.

Hardware implementations

Localization accuracy

Sensor nodes

Distributed synchronization

Sensor networks

Belief propagation

Synchronization Asynchronous sensor

Signal processing


B. Etzlinger

Johannes Kepler University of Linz (JKU)

Florian Meyer

Vienna University of Technology

Henk Wymeersch

Chalmers, Signals and Systems, Communication and Antenna Systems, Communication Systems

Franz Hlawatsch

Vienna University of Technology

G.R.J. Müller

Johannes Kepler University of Linz (JKU)

A. Springer

Johannes Kepler University of Linz (JKU)

Proceedings of the IEEE Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing Workshop

2151870X (eISSN)

33-36 6882331

Subject Categories

Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering





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