Wireless Personal Communications

, Volume 47, Issue 4, pp 497–521

Very Low Energy Consumption Wireless Sensor Localization for Danger Environments with Single Mobile Anchor Node


DOI: 10.1007/s11277-008-9496-z

Cite this article as:
Zhang, R., Zhang, L. & Feng, Y. Wireless Pers Commun (2008) 47: 497. doi:10.1007/s11277-008-9496-z


In wireless sensor networks (WSN), it is very important for sensor nodes to locate with low energy consumption and high accuracy, especially in a dangerous environment. This paper describes a range-free layered localization scheme using one mobile anchor node which can transmit gradient signals, and whose moving track is a straight-line along the x-axis. And this paper proposes a sleep/wake mechanism called sensor sleep-time forecasting to save energy consumption during localization. The relationship, between the key factors in localization algorithm and the average location error, is analyzed in detail. Simulation results show that the scheme performs better than other range-free mechanisms—the average location error is less than 0.7 m, and it is independent on sensor nodes density or sensor nodes radio range, the accuracy of the algorithm can be adjusted in different occasions, and the algorithm beacon overhand is small and average localization time is short.


Wireless sensor networks (WSN) Range-free Sleep/wake Layered localization Single mobile anchor node 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Electrical Engineering SchoolJiangsu UniversityZhenjiangP. R. China

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