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A Maximum Likelihood TOA Based Estimator For Localization in Heterogeneous Networks

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In this paper, we exploit the concept of data fusion in hybrid localization systems by combining different TOA (Time of Arrival) observables coming from different RATs (Radio Access Technology) and characterized by different precisions in order to enhance the positioning accuracy. A new Maximum Likelihood estimator is developed to fuse different measured ranges with different variances. In order to evaluate this estimator, Monte Carlo simulations are carried out in a generic environment and Cramer Rao Lower Bounds (CRLB) are investigated. This algorithm shows enhanced positioning accuracy at reasonable noise levels comparing to the typical Weighted Least Square estimator. The CRLB reveals that the choice of the number, and the configuration of Anchor nodes, and the type of RAT may enhance positioning accuracy.

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M. LAARAIEDH, S. AVRILLON and B. UGUEN, "A Maximum Likelihood TOA Based Estimator For Localization in Heterogeneous Networks," International Journal of Communications, Network and System Sciences, Vol. 3 No. 1, 2010, pp. 38-42. doi: 10.4236/ijcns.2010.31004.


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