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Engineering a Search and Rescue Application with a Wireless Sensor Network - based Localization Mechanism

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2 Author(s)
Ricardo Severino ; IPP-HURRAY! Research Group, Polytechnic Institute of Porto (ISEP/IPP), 431, Rua Dr. Antonio Bernardino de Almeida, 4200-072 Porto, Portugal, rars@isep.ipp.pt ; Mairio Alves

The advent of Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) technologies is paving the way for a panoply of new ubiquitous computing applications, some of them with critical requirements. In the ART-WiSe framework, we are designing a two-tiered communication architecture for supporting real-time and reliable communications in WSNs. Within this context, we have been developing a test-bed application, for testing, validating and demonstrating our theoretical findings - a search&rescue/pursuit-evasion application. Basically, a WSN deployment is used to detect, localize and track a target robot and a station controls a rescuer/pursuer robot until it gets close enough to the target robot. This paper describes how this application was engineered, particularly focusing on the implementation of the localization mechanism.

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2007 IEEE International Symposium on a World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks

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18-21 June 2007