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On the Impact of Localization and Density Control Algorithms in Target Tracking Applications for Wireless Sensor Networks

Campos, A. C. ; Souza, E. S. ; Costa, F. F. ; Rodrigues, J. R. ; Nakamura, E. N.

Sensors Vol. 12, Nº 6, pp. 6930 - 6952, May, 2012.

ISSN (print): 1424-3210
ISSN (online): 1424-8220

Journal Impact Factor: 2,033 (in 2015)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.3390/s120606930

Target tracking is an important application of wireless sensor networks. The networks’ ability to locate and track an object is directed linked to the nodes’ ability to locate themselves. Consequently, localization systems are essential for target tracking applications. In addition, sensor networks are often deployed in remote or hostile environments. Therefore, density control algorithms are used to increase network lifetime while maintaining its sensing capabilities. In this work, we analyze the impact of localization algorithms (RPE and DPE) and density control algorithms (GAF, A3 and OGDC) on target tracking applications. We adapt the density control algorithms to address the k-coverage problem. In addition, we analyze the impact of network density, residual integration with density control, and k-coverage on both target tracking accuracy and network lifetime. Our results show that DPE is a better choice for target tracking applications than RPE. Moreover, among the evaluated density control algorithms, OGDC is the best option among the three. Although the choice of the density control algorithm has little impact on the tracking precision, OGDC outperforms GAF and A3 in terms of tracking time.