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Typical Multihop Wireless Sensor Network Architecture

A wireless sensor network (WSN) is a wireless network consisting of spatially
distributed autonomous devices using sensors to cooperatively monitor physical or
environmental conditions, such as temperature, sound, vibration, pressure, motion or
pollutants, at different locations.[1][2] The development of wireless sensor networks was
originally motivated by military applications such as battlefield surveillance. However,
wireless sensor networks are now used in many industrial and civilian application areas,
including industrial process monitoring and control, machine health monitoring,
environment and habitat monitoring, healthcare applications, home automation, and
traffic control.[1][3]

In addition to one or more sensors, each node in a sensor network is typically equipped
with a radio transceiver or other wireless communications device, a small
microcontroller, and an energy source, usually a battery. The envisaged size of a single
sensor node can vary from shoebox-sized nodes down to devices the size of grain of dust,
although functioning 'motes' of genuine microscopic dimensions have yet to be created.
The cost of sensor nodes is similarly variable, ranging from hundreds of dollars to a few
pence , depending on the size of the sensor network and the complexity required of
individual sensor nodes.[1] Size and cost constraints on sensor nodes result in
corresponding constraints on resources such as energy, memory, computational speed and
A sensor network normally constitutes a wireless ad-hoc network, meaning that each
sensor supports a multi-hop routing algorithm (several nodes may forward data packets to
the base station).

In computer science and telecommunications, wireless sensor networks are an active
research area with numerous workshops and conferences arranged each year.


• 1 Applications
o 1.1 Area monitoring
o 1.2 Environmental monitoring
o 1.3 Industrial Monitoring
 1.3.1 Water/Wastewater Monitoring
 Landfill Ground Well Level Monitoring and Pump
 Flare Stack Monitoring
 1.3.2 Vehicle Detection
 1.3.3 Agriculture
 Windrow Composting
 Greenhouse Monitoring
• 2 Characteristics
• 3 Platforms
o 3.1 Standards
o 3.2 Hardware
o 3.3 Software
 3.3.1 Operating systems
 3.3.2 Middleware
 3.3.3 Programming languages
 3.3.4 Algorithms
• 4 Simulators
• 5 Data visualization
• 6 Information Fusion
• 7 See also
• 8 References
• 9 Further reading
o 9.1 Journals

• 10 External links

[edit] Applications
The applications for WSNs are many and varied, but typically involve some kind of
monitoring, tracking, and controlling. Specific applications for WSNs include habitat
monitoring, object tracking, nuclear reactor control, fire detection, and traffic monitoring.
In a typical application, a WSN is scattered in a region where it is meant to collect data
through its sensor nodes.

[edit] Area monitoring

Area monitoring is a common application of WSNs. In area monitoring, the WSN is
deployed over a region where some phenomenon is to be monitored. For example, a large
quantity of sensor nodes could be deployed over a battlefield to detect enemy intrusion
instead of using landmines.[4] When the sensors detect the event being monitored (heat,
pressure, sound, light, electro-magnetic field, vibration, etc), the event needs to be
reported to one of the base stations, which can take appropriate action (e.g., send a
message on the internet or to a satellite). Depending on the exact application, different
objective functions will require different data-propagation strategies, depending on things
such as need for real-time response, redundancy of the data (which can be tackled via
data aggregation and information fusion[5] techniques), need for security, etc.

[edit] Environmental monitoring

A number of WSN deployments have been done in the past in the context of
environmental monitoring[6].

Many of these have been short lived, often due to the prototype nature of the projects.
Examples of longer-lived deployments are monitoring the state of permafrost in the Swiss
Alps: The PermaSense Project, PermaSense Live Data Browser and glacier monitoring.

[edit] Industrial Monitoring

[edit] Water/Wastewater Monitoring

There are many opportunities for using wireless sensor networks within the
water/wastewater industries. Facilities not wired for power or data transmission can be
monitored using industrial wireless I/O devices and sensors powered using solar panels or
battery packs. As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), funding
is available for some water and wastewater projects in most states.

[edit] Landfill Ground Well Level Monitoring and Pump Counter

Wireless sensor networks can be used to measure and monitor the water levels within all
ground wells in the landfill site and monitor leachate accumulation and removal. A
wireless device and submersible pressure transmitter monitors the leachate level. The
sensor information is wirelessly transmitted to a central data logging system to store the
level data, perform calculations, or notify personnel when a service vehicle is needed at a
specific well.
It is typical for leachate removal pumps to be installed with a totalizing counter mounted
at the top of the well to monitor the pump cycles and to calculate the total volume of
leachate removed from the well. For most current installations, this counter is read
manually. Instead of manually collecting the pump count data, wireless devices can send
data from the pumps back to a central control location to save time and eliminate errors.
The control system uses this count information to determine when the pump is in
operation, to calculate leachate extraction volume, and to schedule maintenance on the

[edit] Flare Stack Monitoring

Landfill managers need to accurately monitor methane gas production, removal, venting,
and burning. Knowledge of both methane flow and temperature at the flare stack can
define when methane is released into the environment instead of combusted. To
accurately determine methane production levels and flow, a pressure transducer can
detect both pressure and vacuum present within the methane production system.

Thermocouples connected to wireless I/O devices create the wireless sensor network that
detects the heat of an active flame, verifying that methane is burning. Logically, if the
meter is indicating a methane flow and the temperature at the flare stack is high, then the
methane is burning correctly. If the meter indicates methane flow and the temperature is
low, methane is releasing into the environment.[7]

[edit] Vehicle Detection

Wireless sensor networks can use a range of sensors to detect the presence of vehicles
ranging from motorcycles to train cars.

[edit] Agriculture

Using wireless sensor networks within the agricultural industry is increasingly common.
Gravity fed water systems can be monitored using pressure transmitters to monitor water
tank levels, pumps can be controlled using wireless I/O devices, and water use can be
measured and wirelessly transmitted back to a central control center for billing. Irrigation
automation enables more efficient water use and reduces waste.

[edit] Windrow Composting

Composting is the aerobic decomposition of biodegradable organic matter to produce
compost, a nutrient-rich mulch of organic soil produced using food, wood, manure,
and/or other organic material. One of the primary methods of composting involves using

To ensure efficient and effective composting, the temperatures of the windrows must be
measured and logged constantly. With accurate temperature measurements, facility
managers can determine the optimum time to turn the windrows for quicker compost
production. Manually collecting data is time consuming, cannot be done continually, and
may expose the person collecting the data to harmful pathogens. Automatically collecting
the data and wirelessly transmitting the data back to a centralized location allows
composting temperatures to be continually recorded and logged, improving efficiency,
reducing the time needed to complete a composting cycle, and minimizing human
exposure and potential risk.

An industrial wireless I/O device mounted on a stake with two thermocouples, each at
different depths, can automatically monitor the temperature at two depths within a
compost windrow or stack. Temperature sensor readings are wirelessly transmitted back
to the gateway or host system for data collection, analysis, and logging. Because the
temperatures are measured and recorded continuously, the composting rows can be
turned as soon as the temperature reaches the ideal point. Continuously monitoring the
temperature may also provide an early warning to potential fire hazards by notifying
personnel when temperatures exceed recommended ranges.[7]

[edit] Greenhouse Monitoring

Wireless sensor networks are also used to control the temperature and humidity levels
inside commercial greenhouses. When the temperature and humidity drops below
specific levels, the greenhouse manager must be notified via e-mail or cell phone text
message, or host systems can trigger misting systems, open vents, turn on fans, or control
a wide variety of system responses. Because some wireless sensor networks are easy to
install, they are also easy to move as the needs of the application change.[7]

[edit] Characteristics
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Unique characteristics of a WSN include:

• Limited power they can harvest or store
• Ability to withstand harsh environmental conditions
• Ability to cope with node failures
• Mobility of nodes
• Dynamic network topology
• Communication failures
• Heterogeneity of nodes
• Large scale of deployment
• Unattended operation
• Node capacity is scalable,only limited by bandwidth of gateway node.

Sensor nodes can be imagined as small computers, extremely basic in terms of their
interfaces and their components. They usually consist of a processing unit with limited
computational power and limited memory, sensors (including specific conditioning
circuitry), a communication device (usually radio transceivers or alternatively optical),
and a power source usually in the form of a battery. Other possible inclusions are energy
harvesting modules, secondary ASICs, and possibly secondary communication devices
(e.g. RS-232 or USB).

The base stations are one or more distinguished components of the WSN with much more
computational, energy and communication resources. They act as a gateway between
sensor nodes and the end user.

[edit] Platforms
[edit] Standards

Several standards are currently either ratified or under development for wireless sensor
networks. ZigBee is a proprietary mesh-networking specification intended for uses such
as embedded sensing, medical data collection, consumer devices like television remote
controls, and home automation. Zigbee is promoted by a large consortium of industry
players. WirelessHART is an extension of the HART Protocol and is specifically
designed for Industrial applications like Process Monitoring and Control. WirelessHART
was added to the overall HART protocol suite as part of the HART 7 Specification,
which was approved by the HART Communication Foundation in June 2007[8].
6LoWPAN [9] is the IETF standards track specification for the IP-to-MAC-Layer
mapping for IPv6 on IEEE 802.15.4. ISA100 is a new standard under development that
makes use of 6lowpan and provides additional agreements for industrial control
applications[citation needed]. ISA100 is scheduled for completion in 2009. ZigBee,
WirelessHART, and 6lowpan/ISA100 all are based on the same underlying radio
standard: IEEE 802.15.4 - 2006.

Also relevant to sensor networks is the emerging IEEE 1451 which attempts to create
standards for the smart sensor market. The main point of smart sensors is to move the
processing intelligence closer to the sensing device.[10]

[edit] Hardware

Main article: sensor node

The main challenge is to produce low cost and tiny sensor nodes. With respect to these
objectives, current sensor nodes are mainly prototypes. Miniaturization and low cost are
understood to follow from recent and future progress in the fields of MEMS and NEMS.
Some of the existing sensor nodes are given below. Some of the nodes are still in
research stage.

Also inherent to sensor network adoption is the availability of a very low power method
for acquiring sensor data wirelessly.
An overview of commonly used sensor network platforms, components, technology and
related topics is available in the SNM - Sensor Network Museumtm.

[edit] Software

Energy is the scarcest resource of WSN nodes, and it determines the lifetime of WSNs.
WSNs are meant to be deployed in large numbers in various environments, including
remote and hostile regions, with ad-hoc communications as key. For this reason,
algorithms and protocols need to address the following issues:

• Lifetime maximization
• Robustness and fault tolerance
• Self-configuration

Some of the "hot" topics in WSN software research are:

• Security
• Mobility (when sensor nodes or base stations are moving)
• Middleware: the design of middle-level primitives between the software and the

[edit] Operating systems

Operating systems for wireless sensor network nodes are typically less complex than
general-purpose operating systems both because of the special requirements of sensor
network applications and because of the resource constraints in sensor network hardware
platforms. For example, sensor network applications are usually not interactive in the
same way as applications for PCs. Because of this, the operating system does not need to
include support for user interfaces. Furthermore, the resource constraints in terms of
memory and memory mapping hardware support make mechanisms such as virtual
memory either unnecessary or impossible to implement.

Wireless sensor network hardware is not different from traditional embedded systems and
it is therefore possible to use embedded operating systems such as eCos or uC/OS for
sensor networks. However, such operating systems are often designed with real-time
properties. Unlike traditional embedded operating systems, however, operating systems
specifically targeting sensor networks often do not have real-time support.

TinyOS[11] is perhaps the first[citation needed] operating system specifically designed for
wireless sensor networks. Unlike most other operating systems, TinyOS is based on an
event-driven programming model instead of multithreading. TinyOS programs are
composed into event handlers and tasks with run to completion-semantics. When an
external event occurs, such as an incoming data packet or a sensor reading, TinyOS calls
the appropriate event handler to handle the event. Event handlers can post tasks that are
scheduled by the TinyOS kernel some time later. Both the TinyOS system and programs
written for TinyOS are written in a special programming language called nesC which is
an extension to the C programming language. NesC is designed to detect race conditions
between tasks and event handlers.

There are also operating systems that allow programming in C. Examples of such
operating systems include Contiki,[12] MANTIS,[13] BTnut,[14] SOS[15] and Nano-RK.[16]
Contiki is designed to support loading modules over the network and supports run-time
loading of standard ELF files.[17] The Contiki kernel is event-driven, like TinyOS, but the
system supports multithreading on a per-application basis.[18] Furthermore, Contiki
includes protothreads that provide a thread-like programming abstraction but with a very
small memory overhead.[19] Unlike the event-driven Contiki kernel, the MANTIS and
Nano-RK kernels are based on preemptive multithreading.[20][21] With preemptive
multithreading, applications do not need to explicitly yield the microprocessor to other
processes. Instead, the kernel divides the time between the active processes and decides
which process that currently can be run which makes application programming easier.
Nano-RK is a real-time resource kernel that allows fine grained control of the way tasks
get access to CPU time, networking and sensors. Like TinyOS and Contiki, SOS is an
event-driven operating system.[22] The prime feature of SOS is its support for loadable
modules. A complete system is built from smaller modules, possibly at run-time. To
support the inherent dynamism in its module interface, SOS also focuses on support for
dynamic memory management.[23] BTnut[24] is based on cooperative multi-threading and
plain C code, and is packaged with a developer kit and tutorial[25]

LiteOS is a newly developed OS for wireless sensor networks, which provides UNIX like
abstraction and support for C programming language.[26]

[edit] Middleware

There is considerable research effort currently invested in the design of middleware for
WSN's.[3] In general approaches can be classified into distributed database, mobile agents,
and event-based.[27]

[edit] Programming languages

Programming the sensor nodes is difficult when compared with normal computer
systems. The resource constrained nature of these nodes gives rise to new programming
models although most nodes are currently programmed in C.

• c@t (Computation at a point in space (@) Time)
• DCL (Distributed Compositional Language)
• galsC
• nesC
• Protothreads
• SNAPpy (Python)
• Java Sun SPOT
• uSWN

[edit] Algorithms

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WSNs are composed of a large number of sensor nodes, therefore, an algorithm for a
WSN is implicitly a distributed algorithm. In WSNs the scarcest resource is energy, and
one of the most energy-expensive operations are data transmission and idle listening. For
this reason, algorithmic research in WSN mostly focuses on the study and design of
energy aware algorithms for saving energy by reducing the amount of data being
transmitted - using techniques like data aggregation -, changing the transmission power
of the sensor nodes or turning nodes off while preserving connectivity and coverage -
applying Topology control algorithms -.

Another characteristic to take into account is that due to the constrained radio
transmission range and the polynomial growth in the energy-cost of radio transmission
with respect to the transmission distance, it is very unlikely that every node will reach the
base station, so data transmission is usually multi-hop (from node to node, towards the
base stations).

The algorithmic approach to WSN differentiates itself from the protocol approach by the
fact that the mathematical models used are more abstract, more general, but sometimes
less realistic than the models used for protocol design.

[edit] Simulators
There are network simulator platforms specifically designed to model and simulate
Wireless Sensor Networks, like TOSSIM, which is a part of TinyOS and COOJA which
is a part of Contiki. Traditional network simulators like ns-2 have also been used. A
platform independent component based simulator with wireless sensor network
framework, J-Sim ( can also be used. In addition, there is a simulator
focused on the evaluation of topology control protocols in WSNs called Atarraya. An
extensive list of simulation tools for Wireless Sensor Networks can be found at the
CRUISE WSN Simulation Tool Knowledgebase.

Based on the OMNeT++ network simulator architecture, Mobility Framework and
Castalia can be used for simulation of wireless sensor networks.

Based on Matlab, the Prowler (Probabilistic Wireless Network Simulator) toolbox is
available. JProwler is a version of Prowler written in Java.
[edit] Data visualization
The data gathered from wireless sensor networks is usually saved in the form of
numerical data in a central base station. Additionally, the Open Geospatial Consortium
(OGC) is specifying standards for interoperability interfaces and metadata encodings that
enable real time integration of heterogeneous sensor webs into the Internet, allowing any
individual to monitor or control Wireless Sensor Networks through a Web Browser.
There are several techniques to retrieve data from the nodes, some of the protocols rely
on flooding mechanisms, other map the data to nodes by applying the concept of DHT[28]

[edit] Information Fusion
In wireless sensor networks, information fusion, also called data fusion, has been
developed for processing sensor data by filtering, aggregating, and making inferences
about the gathered data. Information fusion deals with the combination of multiple
sources to obtain improved information: cheaper, greater quality or greater relevance[5].
Within the wireless sensor networks domain, simple aggregation techniques such as
maximum, minimum, and average, have been developed for reducing the overall data
traffic to save energy.[30]

[edit] See also
• Sensor node
• List of wireless sensor nodes
• Mesh networking
• Mobile ad-hoc network (MANETS)
• neuRFon
• Smartdust
• Sensor Web
• Visual sensor network
• Key distribution in wireless sensor networks
• Iris Mote
• EnOcean
• NeoMote
• Sun SPOT
• telemetry
• Location estimation in sensor networks
• Dust Networks
• Information fusion
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[edit] Further reading
• SensorNetBib: an online wireless sensor networks bibliography, organized by
subject, with links to more than 1000 technical papers.
• Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks: technologies, analysis and design, R.
Verdone, D. Dardari, G. Mazzini and A. Conti, Academic Press Elsevier (Editor)
2008, ISBN 978-0-12-372539-4
• Wireless Sensor Networks, Cauligi S. Raghavendra (Editor), Krishna M.
Sivalingam (Editor), Taieb Znati
• Wireless Sensor Networks: Architectures and Protocols, Edgar H. Callaway, Jr.,
CRC Press, August 2003, 352 pages, ISBN 0-8493-1823-8.
• Wireless Sensor Networks: An Information Processing Approach, Feng Zhao and
Leonidas Guibas, Morgan Kaufmann, 2004. ISBN 1-55860-914-8.
• Handbook of sensor networks; algorithms and architectures, Edited by Ivan
Stojmenovic, Wiley-Interscience, 2005, 531 pages.
• Wireless Sensor Network A Systems Perspective, Nirupama Bulusu, Sanjay Jha,
Artech House, Published July 2005, ISBN 1-58053-867-3
• Protocols and Architectures for Wireless Sensor Networks, Holger Karl, Andreas
Willig, ISBN 0-470-09511-3, 526 pages, January 2006
• Self-Organization in Sensor and Actor Networks, Falko Dressler, Wiley & Sons,
2007, ISBN 978-0470028209.
• Adhoc and Sensor Networks Theory and Applications, Carlos de Morais Cordeiro
(Philips Research North America, USA) & Dharma Prakash Agrawal (University
of Cincinnati, USA), March 2006.
• Networking Wireless Sensors, Bhaskar Krishnamachari (University of Southern
California), (ISBN 9780521838474 | ISBN 0521838479)
• Power Sources for Wireless Networks, S. Roundy, D. Steingart, L. Fréchette, P.
K. Wright, J. Rabaey, Proc. 1st European Workshop on Wireless Sensor
Networks (EWSN '04), Berlin, Germany, Jan. 2004.
• Energy Scavenging for Wireless Sensor Networks: With Special Focus on
Vibrations, Shad Roundy, Paul Kenneth Wright, Jan M. Rabaey, 232 pages,
Kluwer Academic Publishers; (January 1, 2004), ISBN 1-4020-7663-0.
• Distributed Sensor Networks", S. S. Iyengar, R. R. Brooks, Chapman &
Hall/CRC; (October 22, 2004), ISBN 1-58488-383-9 .
• Handbook of Sensor Networks: Compact Wireless and Wired Sensing Systems,
Mohammad Ilyas, Imad Mahgoub, 672 pages CRC Press; (July 16, 2004), ISBN
0-8493-1968-4 .
• Algorithmic Aspects Of Wireless Sensor Networks (Lecture Notes in Computer
Science)", Sotiris Nikoletseas, Jose Rolim, Springer-Verlag; (September 30,
2004), ISBN 3-540-22476-9 .
• Mobile, Wireless, and Sensor Networks: Technology, Applications, and Future
Directions Rajeev Shorey, A. Ananda, Mun Choon Chan, Wei Tsang Ooi, ISBN
0-471-75558-3, 422 pages, March 2006 .
• Sensornetworks, Thomas Haenselmann, GFDL Wireless Sensor Network
• Overview of wireless sensor networks David Culler, Deborah Estrin, Mani
Srivastava, IEEE Computer, Special Issue in Sensor Networks, August 2004
• VIP Bridge: Leading Ubiquitous Sensor Networks to the Next Generation Lei
Shu, Jinsung Cho, Zhang Lin, and Manfred Hauswirth, Journal of Internet
Technology, special issue on “IPv6-based Mobile/Multimedia Applications”, July
15, 2007
• A TinyOS-Based Ad Hoc Wireless Sensor Network, Rainer Matischek, VDM,
2008 (104 pages), ISBN 3639039866
• Topology Control in Wireless Sensor Networks: with a companion simulation tool
for teaching and research Miguel Labrador, Pedro Wightman. Springer. ISBN 1-
402-09584-8, 210 pages, February 2009.

[edit] Journals

• ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks [2]
• International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks [3]

[edit] External links
• The Sensor Network Museumtm
• Wireless Sensing Interest Group A UK-based Interest Group on Wireless Sensing
and Sensor Networks.
• Brussels WSN research lab Wireless Sensor Networks at the University of
• CRISP Wireless Sensor Network Research Group at the Cornell University.
• A WSN wiki Contains some of the material which has been removed from this
page for being not enough "general audience" oriented.
• WSN Resources WSN, ZigBee and 802.15.4 resources including white papers
and glossary
• BiSNET: Biologically-inspired architecture for Sensor NETworks
• Wireless Sensor Network Security
• Wireless Sensor Networks Research Group Projects and tutorials' compilation
related to the WSN field
• Wireless Sensor Networks for Ecology A video about high performance wireless
research education networks

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