Title: On the design of secure protocols for hierarchical sensor networks

Authors: Leonardo B. Oliveira, Hao Chi Wong, Antonio A.F. Loureiro, Ricardo Dahab

Addresses: University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. ' Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), 333 Coyote Hill Road, Pallo Alho, CA, USA. ' Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil. ' Institute of Computing, University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil

Abstract: Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are ad hoc networks comprising mainly small sensor nodes with limited resources and can be used to monitor areas of interest. In this paper, we propose a solution for securing heterogeneous hierarchical WSNs with an arbitrary number of levels. Our solution relies exclusively on symmetric key schemes, is highly distributed and takes into account node interaction patterns that are specific to clustered WSNs.

Keywords: secure protocols; wireless sensor networks; clustered WSNs; security; hierarchical sensor networks; heterogeneous sensor networks; wireless networks; cryptography; symmetric key schemes.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSN.2007.013175

International Journal of Security and Networks, 2007 Vol.2 No.3/4, pp.216 - 227

Available online: 11 Apr 2007 *

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