Title: TEA: transmission error approximation for distance estimation between two Zigbee devices

Authors: Weijun Xiao, Yan Sun, Yinan Liu, Qing Yang

Addresses: Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA. ' Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA. ' Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA. ' Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA

Abstract: This paper presents a simple and cost-effective method for distance estimation between two devices. The main idea is to use packet loss estimation, and hence named TEA: transmission error approximation. TEA measures packet loss and uses packet loss statistics to estimate the approximate distance between two Zigbee devices. Both analysis and experiments have been carried out to validate the method. Our field experiments have demonstrated the feasibility and advantages of the proposed method.

Keywords: Zigbee; transmission error approximation; TEA; wireless PANs; WPANs; personal area networks; distance estimation; packet loss estimation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHPCN.2010.037800

International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking, 2010 Vol.6 No.3/4, pp.248 - 253

Available online: 30 Dec 2010 *

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