Cooperative Networks

Cooperative Networks

If distributed objects form a wireless network, the relationships created by data exchange among them make it possible to determine the objects' relative positions within the network. By additionally considering objects at known locations, positions can also be determined in absolute terms.

This method is especially suitable for mobile ad-hoc networks or self-organizing wireless sensor networks. Collaboration among objects increases coverage and fault tolerance while also ensuring more efficient communication. For improved positioning accuracy, analysis of the communication flows between neighboring objects can be combined with methods for measuring distance or determining direction.