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Distributed Mobility Management for Target Tracking in Mobile Sensor Networks

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2 Author(s)
Yi Zou ; Unitrends, Columbia ; Chakrabarty, K.

Mobility management is a major challenge in mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs) due in part to the dynamically changing network topologies. For mobile sensor networks that are deployed for surveillance applications, it is important to use a mobility management scheme that can empower nodes to make better decisions regarding their positions such that strategic tasks such as target tracking can benefit from node movement. In this paper, we describe a distributed mobility management scheme for mobile sensor networks. The proposed scheme considers node movement decisions as part of a distributed optimization problem which integrates mobility-enhanced improvement in the quality of target tracking data with the associated negative consequences of increased energy consumption due to locomotion, potential loss of network connectivity, and loss of sensing coverage.

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Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:6 ,  Issue: 8 )