Position Location in a TDMA Network,
ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL RICHARDSON TX COLLINS TELECOMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS DIV
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Usable position accuracies can be obtained within a TDMA network. A position location algorithm utilizing multilateration and a Kalman filter linear estimator can track the position and clock offset within each network element. An analysis of this method shows that performance is a complex function of a number of factors. With the tools which have been developed for analyzing performance, the obtainable accuracy can be predicted or the parameters required to meet a performance goal can be chosen, given a particular scenario. The cost of implementing position location in terms of network throughput and hardware complexity should not be unreasonable. Consequently, position location may be a valuable, obtainable addition to a tactical data distribution network.