*Extended submission deadline: April 4, 2018*
Proceedings will appear in the ACM Digital Library
Wireless location systems have been studied extensively in recent years and are advancing at a rapid pace. State-of-the-art location systems now achieve very high levels of accuracy down to the decimeter-level and below, even without dedicated positioning hardware. Positioning data can bring dramatic benefits to mobile networks, not just for conventional data analytics and location-based services running over the network, but for the management and control of the network itself. Location information can be used to optimize resource allocation and network control decisions as networks become denser and support high-order MIMO and wider bandwidths, which allows devices to accurately measure the wireless environment. It is particularly relevant for emerging technologies such as millimeter-wave communication systems, where the antenna configuration, availability of paths, access points to associate with, and the data rate strongly depend on the location of the devices and on reflectors and obstacles in the environment. Location information can also be used, for example, for anticipatory networking mechanisms in mobile networks, where resource allocation decisions are based on the predicted future state of the network and users. Localizing terminals, people and things accurately and reliably allows to better deploy, provision, and manage mobile and wireless networks, thus increasing their reliability and scalability.
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