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Wireless Sensor Networks and Applications

Part of the series Signals and Communication Technology pp 3-33

A Taxonomy-based Approach to Design of Large-scale Sensor Networks

  • Aravind IyerAffiliated withSchool of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University
  • , Sunil S. KulkarniAffiliated withSchool of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University
  • , Vivek MhatreAffiliated withSchool of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University
  • , Catherine P. RosenbergAffiliated withSchool of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo

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Networks of wireless sensor devices are being deployed to collectively monitor and disseminate information about a variety of phenomena of interest. A wireless sensor device is a battery-operated device, capable of sensing physical quantities. In addition to sensing, it is capable of wireless communication, data storage, and a limited amount of computation and signal processing. Advances in integrated circuit design are continually shrinking the size, weight and cost of sensor devices, while simultaneously improving their resolution and accuracy. At the same time, modern wireless networking technologies enable the coordination and networking of a large number of such devices. A wireless sensor network (WSN) consists of a large number of wireless-capable sensor devices working collaboratively to achieve a common objective. A WSN has one or more sinks (or base-stations) which collect data from all sensor devices. These sinks are the interface through which the WSN interacts with the outside world.