Mobility

Roadmap Query for Sensor Network Assisted Navigation in Dynamic Environments

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Executive Summary

Mobile entity navigation in dynamic environments is an essential part of many mission critical applications like search and rescue and fire fighting. The dynamism of the environment necessitates the mo-bile entity to constantly maintain a high degree of awareness of the changing environment. This criteria makes it difficult to achieve good navigation performance by using just on-board sensors and existing navigation methods and motivates the use of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) to aid navigation. In this paper, the authors present a novel approach that integrates a roadmap based navigation algorithm with a novel WSN query protocol called Roadmap Query (RQ). RQ enables collection of frequent, up-to-date information about the surrounding environment, thus allowing the mobile entity to make good navigation decisions.

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