A class of distributed multi-sensor systems

C. Hwa Chang, Han Zhou, Moshe Kam, Qiru Zhou

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In this paper, we propose, design and simulate a class of distributed multi-sensor data-fusion systems, which consist of one data fusion center (DFC) and many local sensors that are connected via local area networks (LAN) and/or wide area networks (WAN). Each local sensor has its own decision maker. These local sensors may use various sensing techniques, e.g. radar RF sensors, IR sensors, and sonar sensors. These systems can serve ocean surveillance for the purpose of processing in real-time large volume of data which the sensors receive from the environment, e.g. multiple sonars are used to detect submarines. Employment of multi-sensor for surveillance has the advantages of reliability, survivability, and capacity of coverage. The system is real-time in the sense of application layer. The critical time constraints are applied in local processors, transferred data packets and DFC. We developed a sophisticated communication interface and protocols such that this system can get high throughput, short response time and high reliability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOCEANS 1992 - Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationMastering the Oceans Through Technology
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)0780308387, 9780780308381
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992
Event1992 OCEANS: Mastering the Oceans Through Technology, OCEANS 1992 - Newport, United States
Duration: Oct 26 1992Oct 29 1992

Publication series

NameOCEANS 1992 - Proceedings: Mastering the Oceans Through Technology


Conference1992 OCEANS: Mastering the Oceans Through Technology, OCEANS 1992
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Instrumentation
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Oceanography


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