Mobility-assisted sensor networking for field coverage

Dan Wang, Jiangchuan Liu, Qian Zhang

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In many sensor network applications, manual or well-controlled node deployment is not practical. Random deployments, e.g., from the air, often result in unevenly distributed nodes and hence insufficient coverage. In this paper, we present a novel mobility-assisted network for field coverage, and suggest that, by introducing only a small set of mobile sensors, the field coverage can be remarkably improved. The main challenges for this mobility-assisted framework are determining the necessary coverage contribution of the mobile sensors and achieving such contribution. We develop an optimal strategy for separating the contribution from static sensors and mobile sensors. We then proposed a random walk based mobility model for the mobile sensors to achieve their necessary contribution. We demonstrate through experiment that a small set of mobile sensors can effectively solve the unbalance of the sensor distribution and significantly improve the system lifetime and coverage quality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE GLOBECOM 2007 - 2007 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, Proceedings
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007
Event50th Annual IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, GLOBECOM 2007 - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: 26 Nov 200730 Nov 2007


Conference50th Annual IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, GLOBECOM 2007
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington, DC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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