Is Localization of Wireless Sensor Networks in Irregular Fields a Challenge?

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Wireless Personal Communications


Wireless sensor networks have been considered as an emerging technology for numerous applications of cyber-physical systems. These applications often require the deployment of sensor nodes in various anisotropic fields. Localization in anisotropic fields is a challenge because of the factors such as non-line of sight communications, irregularities of terrains, and network holes. Traditional localization techniques, when applied to anisotropic or irregular fields, result in colossal location estimation errors. To improve location estimations, this paper presents a comparative analysis of available localization techniques based on taxonomy framework. A detailed discussion on the importance of localization of sensor nodes in irregular fields from the reported real-life applications is presented along with challenges faced by existing localization techniques. Further, taxonomy based on techniques adopted by localization methods to address the effects of irregular fields on location estimations is reported. Finally, using the designed taxonomy framework, a comparative analysis of different localization techniques addressing irregularities and the directions towards the development of an optimal localization technique is addressed.

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