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Algorithms 2009, 2(1), 158-182; doi:10.3390/a2010158

A Survey on Position-Based Routing Algorithms in Wireless Sensor Networks

School of Software, Hunan University, Changsha 410082, China
National Laboratory of Industrial Control Technology, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, China
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Received: 29 October 2008 / Revised: 17 December 2008 / Accepted: 29 January 2009 / Published: 9 February 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensor Algorithms)


Wireless sensor networks (WSN) have attracted much attention in recent years for its unique characteristics and wide use in many different applications. Routing protocol is one of key technologies in WSN. In this paper, the position-based routing protocols are surveyed and classified into four categories: flooding-based, curve-based, grid-based and ant algorithm-based intelligent. To each category, the main contribution of related routing protocols is shown including the relationship among the routing protocols. The different routing algorithms in the same category and the different categories are compared based on popular metrics. Moreover, some open research directions in WSN are also discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: wireless sensor network; routing; position; flooding; curve; grid; intelligence wireless sensor network; routing; position; flooding; curve; grid; intelligence

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Jin, Z.; Jian-Ping, Y.; Si-Wang, Z.; Ya-Ping, L.; Guang, L. A Survey on Position-Based Routing Algorithms in Wireless Sensor Networks. Algorithms 2009, 2, 158-182.

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