Title: Maximum WSN coverage in environments of heterogeneous path loss

Authors: S. Hossein Mortazavi; Mohammad Salehe; M.H. MacGregor

Addresses: Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada ' Computer Engineering Department, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran ' Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta, 221 Athabasca Hall, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E8, Canada

Abstract: We study wireless sensor network (WSN) node placement in an environment where RF signal losses vary with position. This reflects real-world outdoor environments where vegetation and topography cause nonuniform path loss. Many techniques that solve for a variety of objective functions subject to various constraints have previously been proposed for node placement. However, many of these methods make simplifying assumptions such as all nodes having the same transmission range. Our goal is to take the insights and approaches of this previous ork and extend it to real-world environments. The present work assumes we have a map that quantifies the path loss behaviour of the real environment. Based on this map, and a path loss model that accounts for spatial variations in the path loss exponent, we propose a node placement algorithm for two-tiered WSNs that maximises the area covered by a specified number of relay nodes and sensor nodes.

Keywords: WSN coverage; heterogeneous path loss; nonuniform path loss; WSN node placement; wireless sensor networks; WSNs; path loss exponent; RF signal losses; relay nodes; sensor nodes.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSNET.2014.066788

International Journal of Sensor Networks, 2014 Vol.16 No.3, pp.185 - 198

Received: 14 Jul 2013
Accepted: 18 Sep 2013

Published online: 02 Jan 2015 *

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