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Sensors 2010, 10(4), 2709-2730; doi:10.3390/s100402709
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In/Out Status Monitoring in Mobile Asset Tracking with Wireless Sensor Networks

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Received: 28 January 2010; in revised form: 20 February 2010 / Accepted: 8 March 2010 / Published: 26 March 2010
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
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Abstract: A mobile asset with a sensor node in a mobile asset tracking system moves around a monitoring area, leaves it, and then returns to the region repeatedly. The system monitors the in/out status of the mobile asset. Due to the continuous movement of the mobile asset, the system may generate an error for the in/out status of the mobile asset. When the mobile asset is inside the region, the system might determine that it is outside, or vice versa. In this paper, we propose a method to detect and correct the incorrect in/out status of the mobile asset. To solve this problem, our approach uses data about the connection state transition and the battery lifetime of the mobile node attached to the mobile asset. The connection state transition is used to classify the mobile node as normal or abnormal. The battery lifetime is used to predict a valid working period for the mobile node. We evaluate our method using real data generated by a medical asset tracking system. The experimental results show that our method, by using the estimated battery life time or by using the invalid connection state, can detect and correct most cases of incorrect in/out statuses generated by the conventional approach.
Keywords: wireless sensor networks; mobile asset tracking; mobile node; status monitoring; node failure detection wireless sensor networks; mobile asset tracking; mobile node; status monitoring; node failure detection
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Kim, K.; Chung, C.-W. In/Out Status Monitoring in Mobile Asset Tracking with Wireless Sensor Networks. Sensors 2010, 10, 2709-2730.

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Kim K, Chung C-W. In/Out Status Monitoring in Mobile Asset Tracking with Wireless Sensor Networks. Sensors. 2010; 10(4):2709-2730.

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Kim, Kwangsoo; Chung, Chin-Wan. 2010. "In/Out Status Monitoring in Mobile Asset Tracking with Wireless Sensor Networks." Sensors 10, no. 4: 2709-2730.



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