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Sensors 2012, 12(2), 2175-2207;

A Survey on Virtualization of Wireless Sensor Networks

Internet Computing and Network Security (ICNS) Laboratory, Department of Computer Engineering, College of Electronics and Information, Kyung Hee University, Yongin-si 446-701, Korea
Research Chair of Pervasive and Mobile Computing, College of Computer and Information Sciences, King Saud University, P.O. Box 51178, Riyadh 11543, Saudi Arabia
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Received: 21 January 2012 / Revised: 10 February 2012 / Accepted: 14 February 2012 / Published: 15 February 2012
(This article belongs to the Section Sensor Networks)
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Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are gaining tremendous importance thanks to their broad range of commercial applications such as in smart home automation, health-care and industrial automation. In these applications multi-vendor and heterogeneous sensor nodes are deployed. Due to strict administrative control over the specific WSN domains, communication barriers, conflicting goals and the economic interests of different WSN sensor node vendors, it is difficult to introduce a large scale federated WSN. By allowing heterogeneous sensor nodes in WSNs to coexist on a shared physical sensor substrate, virtualization in sensor network may provide flexibility, cost effective solutions, promote diversity, ensure security and increase manageability. This paper surveys the novel approach of using the large scale federated WSN resources in a sensor virtualization environment. Our focus in this paper is to introduce a few design goals, the challenges and opportunities of research in the field of sensor network virtualization as well as to illustrate a current status of research in this field. This paper also presents a wide array of state-of-the art projects related to sensor network virtualization. View Full-Text
Keywords: VSN; sensor substrate; 6LoWPAN; IP-WSN; SInP; SVNSP; ALU VSN; sensor substrate; 6LoWPAN; IP-WSN; SInP; SVNSP; ALU
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Islam, M.M.; Hassan, M.M.; Lee, G.-W.; Huh, E.-N. A Survey on Virtualization of Wireless Sensor Networks. Sensors 2012, 12, 2175-2207.

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