Wireless Sensor Networks and Real-Time Locating Systems to Fight against Maritime Piracy

TitleWireless Sensor Networks and Real-Time Locating Systems to Fight against Maritime Piracy
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsGarcía, Ó., R. S. Alonso, D. I. Tapia, and F. Guevara
JournalInternational Journal of Interactive Multimedia and Artificial Intelligence
IssueSpecial Issue on Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence
Date Published06/2012

There is a wide range of military and civil applications where Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) and Multi-Agent Systems (MASs) can be used for providing context-awareness for troops and special corps. On the one hand, WSNs comprise an ideal technology to develop Real-Time Locating Systems (RTLSs) aimed at indoor environments, where existing global navigation satellite systems do not work properly. On the other hand, agent-based architectures allow building autonomous and robust systems that are capable of working on highly dynamic scenarios. This paper presents two piracy scenarios where the n-Core platform can be applied. n-Core is a hardware and software platform intended for developing and deploying easily and quickly a wide variety of WSNs applications based on the ZigBee standard. In the first scenario a RTLS is deployed to support boarding and rescue operations. In the second scenario a multi-agent system is proposed to detect the unloading of illegal traffic of merchandise at ports.

KeywordsMaritime Piracy, Multi-Agent Systems, Real-Time Locating Systems, Wireless Sensor Networks
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