Location discovery for sensor networks with short range beacons

Fang Liu, Xiuzhen Cheng*, Dong Hua, Dechang Chen

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In this paper, we present TPSS, a time-based positioning scheme for sensor networks with short-range beacons. By measuring Time Difference of Arrival (TDoA) of signals from nearby beacons, nodes can use TPSS to effectively estimate their locations through trilateration iteratively. We also propose iTPSS as an enhancement to improve the localisation accuracy by a clustering-based position refinement. Extensive simulations have been conducted and the results indicate that both schemes are effective and efficient for location discovery, and iTPSS outperforms TPSS in positioning accuracy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-136
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Location discovery
  • Sensor networks
  • TDoA
  • Trilateration


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