Open Access Editorial

Localization in mobile wireless and sensor networks

Monica Nicoli1*, Sinan Gezici2, Zafer Sahinoglu3 and Henk Wymeersch4

Author Affiliations

1 Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy

2 Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

3 Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, Cambridge, MA, USA

4 Department of Signals and Systems, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

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EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2011, 2011:197  doi:10.1186/1687-1499-2011-197

Published: 6 December 2011

First paragraph (this article has no abstract)

Accurate localization or tracking of wireless devices is a crucial requirement for many emerging location-aware systems. Fields of applications include search and rescue, medical care, intelligent transportation, location-based billing, security, home automation, industrial monitoring and control, location-assisted gaming, and social networking. During the last few years, there have been intensive research activities in this area and various solutions have been investigated. The main trend now is toward the integration of heterogeneous technologies to ensure global coverage and high accuracy in all possible scenarios, leading to a seamless localization system available anywhere anytime.