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Sensors 2010, 10(3), 1599-1618; doi:10.3390/s100301599
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Mobile Sensor Networks for Inspection Tasks in Harsh Industrial Environments

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1 Logica, Eemsgolaan 1, P.O. box 70237, 9704 AE Groningen, The Netherlands 2 Institute for Technology, Engineering & Management, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Groningen, Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG Groningen, The Netherlands
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Received: 4 December 2009 / Revised: 21 January 2010 / Accepted: 20 February 2010 / Published: 1 March 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue State-of-the-Art Sensors Technology in The Netherlands)

Abstract

Recent advances in sensor technology have enabled the fast development of mobile sensor networks operating in various unknown and sometimes hazardous environments. In this paper, we introduce one integrative approach to design, analyze and test distributed control algorithms to coordinate a network of autonomous mobile sensors by utilizing both simulation tools and a robotic testbed. The research has been carried out in the context of the mobile sensing project, PicoSmart, in the northern provinces of the Netherlands for the inspection of natural gas pipelines.
Keywords: mobile sensor network; autonomous robot; industrial sensing; coordination algorithm mobile sensor network; autonomous robot; industrial sensing; coordination algorithm
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Mulder, J.; Wang, X.; Ferwerda, F.; Cao, M. Mobile Sensor Networks for Inspection Tasks in Harsh Industrial Environments. Sensors 2010, 10, 1599-1618.

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