Sensors 2008, 8(2), 1099-1110; doi:10.3390/s8021099
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QoS Challenges and Opportunities in Wireless Sensor/Actuator Networks

1 Faculty of Information Technology, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane QLD 4001, Australia 2 College of Computer Science and Technology, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, China
Received: 29 December 2007; Accepted: 18 February 2008 / Published: 21 February 2008
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Abstract: A wireless sensor/actuator network (WSAN) is a group of sensors and actuators that are geographically distributed and interconnected by wireless networks. Sensors gather information about the state of physical world. Actuators react to this information by performing appropriate actions. WSANs thus enable cyber systems to monitor and manipulate the behavior of the physical world. WSANs are growing at a tremendous pace, just like the exploding evolution of Internet. Supporting quality of service (QoS) will be of critical importance for pervasive WSANs that serve as the network infrastructure of diverse applications. To spark new research and development interests in this field, this paper examines and discusses the requirements, critical challenges, and open research issues on QoS management in WSANs. A brief overview of recent progress is given.
Keywords: wireless sensor/actuator network; quality of service; service-oriented architecture; communication protocol; self-management; power management

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Xia, F. QoS Challenges and Opportunities in Wireless Sensor/Actuator Networks. Sensors 2008, 8, 1099-1110.

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Xia, Feng. 2008. "QoS Challenges and Opportunities in Wireless Sensor/Actuator Networks." Sensors 8, no. 2: 1099-1110.

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