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Jonas Kuß, Anselm Köhler, Michael Neuhauser, Rene Neurauter, Johannes Gerstmayr, Jan-Thomas Fischer and Falko Dressler, "Distributed UWB-based Ranging for Particle Tracking in Avalanches," Proceedings of 19th IEEE/IFIP Conference on Wireless On demand Network Systems and Services (WONS 2024), Chamonix, France, January 2024, pp. 125–132.


The inner dynamics and transport mechanisms of avalanches - especially on a particle level - remain hidden for most observation approaches. Knowledge of these processes is essential to develop and test analytical models that describe detailed processes in snow flows or the successful simulation of avalanche velocities and runouts. In this paper, we present a particle based, distributed tracking system that is based on ultra-wideband (UWB) ranging and localization. UWB-based positioning is particularly challenging in outdoor scenarios covering large distances in complex topography and fast moving, mobile systems. Our system model considers multiple anchor nodes distributed with inter-node distances in the order of a few hundred meters. Mobile nodes, which move with the avalanche in the field, are tracked via UWB measurements. We present our prototype and demonstrate through first experiments the general feasibility of UWB-based tracking in snow environments.

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Jonas Kuß
Anselm Köhler
Michael Neuhauser
Rene Neurauter
Johannes Gerstmayr
Jan-Thomas Fischer
Falko Dressler

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    author = {Ku{\ss}, Jonas and K{\"{o}}hler, Anselm and Neuhauser, Michael and Neurauter, Rene and Gerstmayr, Johannes and Fischer, Jan-Thomas and Dressler, Falko},
    doi = {10.23919/WONS60642.2024.10449522},
    title = {{Distributed UWB-based Ranging for Particle Tracking in Avalanches}},
    pages = {125--132},
    publisher = {IEEE},
    address = {Chamonix, France},
    booktitle = {19th IEEE/IFIP Conference on Wireless On demand Network Systems and Services (WONS 2024)},
    month = {1},
    year = {2024},

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