Acoustical Ranging Techniques in Embedded Wireless Sensor Networked Devices

Misra, Prasant and Kottege, Navinda and Kusy, Branislav and Ostry, Diethelm and Jha, Sanjay (2013) Acoustical Ranging Techniques in Embedded Wireless Sensor Networked Devices. ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks . (In Press)



Location sensing provides endless opportunities for a wide range of applications in GPS-obstructed environments; where, typically, there is a need for higher degree of accuracy. In this article, we focus on robust range estimation, an important prerequisite for fine-grained localization. Motivated by the promise of acoustic in delivering high ranging accuracy, we present the design, implementation and evaluation of acoustic (both ultrasound and audible) ranging systems.We distill the limitations of acoustic ranging; and present efficient signal designs and detection algorithms to overcome the challenges of coverage, range, accuracy/resolution, tolerance to Doppler’s effect, and audible intensity. We evaluate our proposed techniques experimentally on TWEET, a low-power platform purpose-built for acoustic ranging applications. Our experiments demonstrate an operational range of 20 m (outdoor) and an average accuracy 2 cm in the ultrasound domain. Finally, we present the design of an audible-range acoustic tracking service that encompasses the benefits of a near-inaudible acoustic broadband chirp and approximately two times increase in Doppler tolerance to achieve better performance.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:5497
Deposited By:Prasant Kumar Misra
Deposited On:08 Apr 2013 15:34
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