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Journal of Robotics
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 841291, 14 pages
Research Article

Market-Based Approach to Mobile Surveillance Systems

1Computers & Control Engineering Department, Tanta University, Tanta 31111, Egypt
2Engineering Sciences Department, Suez Canal University, Suez 43721, Egypt
3Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Waterloo University, Waterloo, ON, Canada N2L 3G1

Received 30 June 2012; Revised 13 September 2012; Accepted 14 September 2012

Academic Editor: Jorge Dias

Copyright © 2012 Ahmed M. Elmogy et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The active surveillance of public and private sites is increasingly becoming a very important and critical issue. It is, therefore, imperative to develop mobile surveillance systems to protect these sites. Modern surveillance systems encompass spatially distributed mobile and static sensors in order to provide effective monitoring of persistent and transient objects and events in a given area of interest (AOI). The realization of the potential of mobile surveillance requires the solution of different challenging problems such as task allocation, mobile sensor deployment, multisensor management, cooperative object detection and tracking, decentralized data fusion, and interoperability and accessibility of system nodes. This paper proposes a market-based approach that can be used to handle different problems of mobile surveillance systems. Task allocation and cooperative target tracking are studied using the proposed approach as two challenging problems of mobile surveillance systems. These challenges are addressed individually and collectively.