A novel mobility management scheme for target tracking in cluster-based sensor networks

Zhibo Wang, Wei Lou, Zhi Wang, Junchao Ma, Honglong Chen

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Target tracking is a typical and important application of wireless sensor networks (WSNs). In the consideration of scalability and energy efficiency for target tracking in large scale WSNs, it has been employed as an effective solution by organizing the WSNs into clusters. However, tracking a moving target in cluster-based WSNs suffers the boundary problem when the target moves across or along the boundary among clusters. In this paper, we propose a novel scheme, called hybrid cluster-based target tracking (HCTT), which integrates on-demand dynamic clustering into a cluster-based WSN for target tracking. To overcome the boundary problem, when the target moves close to the boundary among clusters, a dynamic cluster will be constructed for the management of target tracking. As the target moves, static clusters and on-demand dynamic clusters alternately manage the tracking task. Simulation results show that the proposed scheme performs better in tracking the moving target when compared with other typical target tracking protocols.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDistributed Computing in Sensor Systems - 6th IEEE International Conference, DCOSS 2010, Proceedings
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 13 Aug 2010
Event6th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems, DCOSS 2010 - Santa Barbara, CA, United States
Duration: 21 Jun 201023 Jun 2010

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume6131 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference6th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems, DCOSS 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySanta Barbara, CA


  • boundary problem
  • mobility management
  • target tracking
  • Wireless sensor networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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