Management of Networked Sensor Systems

Koliousis, A. and Sventek, J. (2007) Management of Networked Sensor Systems. Technical Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.

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The ready availability of integrated circuits for sensing (MEMS), processing and wireless communication has resulted in burgeoning interest in the design, implementation, deployment, and operation of environmental sensor networks. The maintenance and control of such systems is essential to ensure efficient use of resources for appropriate information gathering and processing; since most of these networks must (of necessity) operate in an unsupervised manner, these systems must also recover from partial failure or changes in the sensed environment. Currently, management functionality is inextricably intertwined with application, operating system, and/or networking components. Additionally, despite the existence of management frameworks for well-resourced, wireline networks, there is no reason to believe a priori that such frameworks will apply to the resource-constrained environments of typical environmental sensor networks. We survey network management functionality in existing sensor networks (focussed on battery-powered, wireless sensors that are static or move infrequently). This survey yields a set of dimensions for the different categories of management functionality implemented in the surveyed systems: deployment, diagnostics, application software, bandwidth, energy, and security management. We then discuss how use of such a classification scheme can aid the structured development of the management aspects of future sensor network systems.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Technical Report)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sventek, Professor Joseph and Koliousis, Mr Alexandros
Authors: Koliousis, A., and Sventek, J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Publisher:University of Glasgow

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
402221Design, implementation and adaptation of sensor networks through multi-dimensional co-design (DIAS-MC)Joseph SventekEngineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/C014774/1SCHOOL OF COMPUTING SCIENCE