Dynamic reassignment of aggregation point for network load balancing
30 January 2008
15T14:25:01Z August 2013
Some wireless sensor network applications forward data to a central aggregation point (AP) that is responsible for processing, aggregating, and relaying information to the base station. For example one node in a body sensor network is responsible for aggregating data and then forwarding only useful information to an external ambient network. This procedure leads to asymmetry in the AP node energy consumption due to (1) higher forwarding activity for nodes in the vicinity of the AP and (2) higher AP activity relative to nodes. Existing approaches of load and energy consumption balancing employ either suboptimal periodical route changes or random AP rotations. In contrast, we propose a novel technique1 to enable a dynamic reassignment of the sensor AP according to a novel cost function that is based on relevant node energy metrics. We show that the technique lead to a network lifetime extension up to 50% for applications, such as medical, that require power-intensive tasks at the AP and for high traffic applications.
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The 5th European conference on Wireless Sensor Networks (EWSN 2008), Bologna, Italy, January 30th-31st and February 1st, 2008
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