The proposition of deploying numerous wireless sensor devices to enhance safety in underground mines has recently garnered much attention and interest from industry. Collectively known as wireless underground sensor networks (WUSNs), these systems are capable of performing multiple real-time services such as monitoring structural integrity and environmental conditions to identify hazardous regions. Deployed network could also expedite post-accident rescue missions by tracking the location and movement of workers throughout the mine. The ability to locate the position of such events is a fundamental requirement of WUSNs. However, the harsh environment in underground mines impedes positioning performance and thus remains a challenge. The aim of this project is to develop new localization and tracking technologies for wireless underground sensor networks.
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