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Sensors 2009, 9(12), 10513-10544;

A Cluster-Based Architecture to Structure the Topology of Parallel Wireless Sensor Networks

Departamento de Comunicaciones, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. Camino Vera s/n, 46022, Valencia, Spain
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Received: 23 November 2009 / Revised: 2 December 2009 / Accepted: 10 December 2009 / Published: 23 December 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue State-of-the-Art Sensors Technology in Spain)
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A wireless sensor network is a self-configuring network of mobile nodes connected by wireless links where the nodes have limited capacity and energy. In many cases, the application environment requires the design of an exclusive network topology for a particular case. Cluster-based network developments and proposals in existence have been designed to build a network for just one type of node, where all nodes can communicate with any other nodes in their coverage area. Let us suppose a set of clusters of sensor nodes where each cluster is formed by different types of nodes (e.g., they could be classified by the sensed parameter using different transmitting interfaces, by the node profile or by the type of device: laptops, PDAs, sensor etc.) and exclusive networks, as virtual networks, are needed with the same type of sensed data, or the same type of devices, or even the same type of profiles. In this paper, we propose an algorithm that is able to structure the topology of different wireless sensor networks to coexist in the same environment. It allows control and management of the topology of each network. The architecture operation and the protocol messages will be described. Measurements from a real test-bench will show that the designed protocol has low bandwidth consumption and also demonstrates the viability and the scalability of the proposed architecture. Our ccluster-based algorithm is compared with other algorithms reported in the literature in terms of architecture and protocol measurements. View Full-Text
Keywords: sensor algorithms; sensor network; clusters architecture sensor algorithms; sensor network; clusters architecture
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Lloret, J.; Garcia, M.; Bri, D.; Diaz, J.R. A Cluster-Based Architecture to Structure the Topology of Parallel Wireless Sensor Networks. Sensors 2009, 9, 10513-10544.

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