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Master of Science


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Richard K. Martin, PhD.


Obtaining accurate non-cooperative geolocation is vital for persistent surveillance of a hostile emitter. Current research for developing a small, cheap and energy efficient sensor network for non-cooperative geolocation measurements via received signal strength (RSS) is limited. Most existing work focuses on simulating a non-cooperative network (NN) and in doing so, simulated models often ignore localization errors caused from the hardware processing raw RSS data and often model environment-dependent errors as random. By comparing real-time measured non-cooperative geolocation data to a simulated system a more accurate model can be developed. This thesis discusses the development and performance of a small, low cost, low complexity, and energy efficient sensor network that can locate a NN via RSS. The main focus of this research effort is designing a Poor Man's Spectrum Analyzer (PMSA) to locate a wireless device in a non-cooperative network (NN) that is transmitting in the Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) radio band of 2.403 GHz to 2.48 GHz by measuring the emitter's received signal strength (RSS).

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