A relative sensors-to-target geometry measure-of-merit (MOM), based on the Geometric Dilution of Precision (GDOP) measure, is developed. The method of maximum likelihood estimation is introduced for the solution of the position location problem. A linearized measurement model-based error sensitivity analysis is used to derive an expression for the GDOP MOM. The GDOP MOM relates the sensor measurement errors to the target position errors as a function of sensors-to-target geometry. In order to illustrate the efficacy of GDOP MOM for fusion systems, GDOP functional relationships are computed for bearing-only measuring sensors-to-target geometries. The minimum GDOP and associated specific target-to-sensors geometries are computed and illustrated for both two and three bearing-only measuring sensors. Two and three-dimensional plots of relative error contours provide a geometric insight to sensor placement as a function of geometry induced error dilution. The results can be used to select preferred target- to-sensor(s) geometries for M sensors in this application. The GDOP MOM is general and is readily extendable to other measurement-based sensors and fusion architectures.
Ivan Kadar, Ivan Kadar,
"Optimum geometry selection for sensor fusion", Proc. SPIE 3374, Signal Processing, Sensor Fusion, and Target Recognition VII, (17 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.327141; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.327141