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Sensors 2016, 16(5), 643;

On the Feasibility of Wireless Multimedia Sensor Networks over IEEE 802.15.5 Mesh Topologies

Department of Information and Communication Technologies, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (UPCT), Campus Muralla del Mar, E-30202 Cartagena, Spain
Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, William Gates Building, 15 JJ Thompson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0FD, UK
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Academic Editor: Gonzalo Pajares Martinsanz
Received: 1 March 2016 / Revised: 26 April 2016 / Accepted: 27 April 2016 / Published: 5 May 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue State-of-the-Art Sensors Technology in Spain 2015)
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Wireless Multimedia Sensor Networks (WMSNs) are a special type of Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) where large amounts of multimedia data are transmitted over networks composed of low power devices. Hierarchical routing protocols typically used in WSNs for multi-path communication tend to overload nodes located within radio communication range of the data collection unit or data sink. The battery life of these nodes is therefore reduced considerably, requiring frequent battery replacement work to extend the operational life of the WSN system. In a wireless sensor network with mesh topology, any node may act as a forwarder node, thereby enabling multiple routing paths toward any other node or collection unit. In addition, mesh topologies have proven advantages, such as data transmission reliability, network robustness against node failures, and potential reduction in energy consumption. This work studies the feasibility of implementing WMSNs in mesh topologies and their limitations by means of exhaustive computer simulation experiments. To this end, a module developed for the Synchronous Energy Saving (SES) mode of the IEEE 802.15.5 mesh standard has been integrated with multimedia tools to thoroughly test video sequences encoded using H.264 in mesh networks. View Full-Text
Keywords: WMSN; IEEE 802.15.5; mesh topology; multimedia; WSN WMSN; IEEE 802.15.5; mesh topology; multimedia; WSN

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Garcia-Sanchez, A.-J.; Losilla, F.; Rodenas-Herraiz, D.; Cruz-Martinez, F.; Garcia-Sanchez, F. On the Feasibility of Wireless Multimedia Sensor Networks over IEEE 802.15.5 Mesh Topologies. Sensors 2016, 16, 643.

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