Wireless Sensor and Actuator Network Applications and Challenges

  • Erdal Cayirci
Part of the Springer Series on Chemical Sensors and Biosensors book series (SSSENSORS, volume 13)


Wireless sensor and actuator networks (WSANs) have found many application areas and already become a part of our day to day life. Technology and standards have almost matured enough to provide the required scale of economics for the cost targets originally set by the pioneers of the field. However, both industry and researchers need to continuously develop new solutions for the challenges introduced by novel deployment scenarios. In this chapter, the applications and the challenges of WSANs are presented after a brief description of the concept.


Actuator Ad hoc network Autonomous Sensor Undersea Wireless 



Analog-to-digital converter


Actuator node


Command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance


Chemical biological radiological and nuclear


Collector node


Industrial, scientific, and medical


Medium access control


Million instructions per second


Sensor node


Wireless sensor and actuator network


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Electrical and Computer Engineering DepartmentUniversity of StavangerStavangerNorway

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