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Instrumenting Wireless Sensor Networks : A Survey on the Metrics That Matter

Yuan, Dingwen and Kanhere, Salil S. and Hollick, Matthias (2017):
Instrumenting Wireless Sensor Networks : A Survey on the Metrics That Matter.
In: Pervasive and Mobile Computing, 37 (C), Elsevier Science Publishers B. V., pp. 45-62, ISSN 1574-1192,
DOI: 10.1016/j.pmcj.2016.10.001,
[Online-Edition: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmcj.2016.10.001],
[Article]

Abstract

Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) are part of the technical fundament enabling the Internet of Things (IoT), where sensing and actuator nodes instantaneously interact with the environment at large. As such they become part of everyday life and drive applications as diverse as medical monitoring, smart homes, smart environment, and smart factories, to name but a few. To acquire data, individual sensors interact with the physical environment by sensing physical phenomena in proximity. The wireless network connectivity is leveraged to collect the raw data or pre-processed events, and to disseminate code, queries or commands. Actuating capabilities facilitate instant interactions with the environment or application processes. Experience on how to operate large scale heterogeneous WSNs in (critical) real-world applications is still scarce, and operational considerations are often an afterthought to WSN deployment. A principled look into the metrics, i.e., a standard or best practice of measurement of the vital parameters in WSNs is still missing. In this article, we contribute a survey on the most important metrics to characterize the performance of WSNs. We define an abstract system model for WSNs, take a look on what the WSN community considers metrics that matter, and categorize the metrics into scopes of relevance. We discuss the properties of the metrics as well as practical aspects on how to obtain and process them. Our survey can serve as a manual for implementors and operators of WSNs in the IoT.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2017
Creators: Yuan, Dingwen and Kanhere, Salil S. and Hollick, Matthias
Title: Instrumenting Wireless Sensor Networks : A Survey on the Metrics That Matter
Language: English
Abstract:

Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) are part of the technical fundament enabling the Internet of Things (IoT), where sensing and actuator nodes instantaneously interact with the environment at large. As such they become part of everyday life and drive applications as diverse as medical monitoring, smart homes, smart environment, and smart factories, to name but a few. To acquire data, individual sensors interact with the physical environment by sensing physical phenomena in proximity. The wireless network connectivity is leveraged to collect the raw data or pre-processed events, and to disseminate code, queries or commands. Actuating capabilities facilitate instant interactions with the environment or application processes. Experience on how to operate large scale heterogeneous WSNs in (critical) real-world applications is still scarce, and operational considerations are often an afterthought to WSN deployment. A principled look into the metrics, i.e., a standard or best practice of measurement of the vital parameters in WSNs is still missing. In this article, we contribute a survey on the most important metrics to characterize the performance of WSNs. We define an abstract system model for WSNs, take a look on what the WSN community considers metrics that matter, and categorize the metrics into scopes of relevance. We discuss the properties of the metrics as well as practical aspects on how to obtain and process them. Our survey can serve as a manual for implementors and operators of WSNs in the IoT.

Journal or Publication Title: Pervasive and Mobile Computing
Volume: 37
Number: C
Place of Publication: NLD
Publisher: Elsevier Science Publishers B. V.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Wireless sensor networks, Metrics, Performance
Divisions: 20 Department of Computer Science
20 Department of Computer Science > Sichere Mobile Netze
DFG-Collaborative Research Centres (incl. Transregio)
DFG-Collaborative Research Centres (incl. Transregio) > Collaborative Research Centres
DFG-Collaborative Research Centres (incl. Transregio) > Collaborative Research Centres > CRC 1053: MAKI – Multi-Mechanisms Adaptation for the Future Internet
DFG-Collaborative Research Centres (incl. Transregio) > Collaborative Research Centres > CRC 1053: MAKI – Multi-Mechanisms Adaptation for the Future Internet > A: Construction Methodology
DFG-Collaborative Research Centres (incl. Transregio) > Collaborative Research Centres > CRC 1053: MAKI – Multi-Mechanisms Adaptation for the Future Internet > A: Construction Methodology > Subproject A1: Modelling
DFG-Collaborative Research Centres (incl. Transregio) > Collaborative Research Centres > CRC 1053: MAKI – Multi-Mechanisms Adaptation for the Future Internet > A: Construction Methodology > Subproject A3: Migration
DFG-Collaborative Research Centres (incl. Transregio) > Collaborative Research Centres > CRC 1053: MAKI – Multi-Mechanisms Adaptation for the Future Internet > C: Communication Mechanisms
DFG-Collaborative Research Centres (incl. Transregio) > Collaborative Research Centres > CRC 1053: MAKI – Multi-Mechanisms Adaptation for the Future Internet > C: Communication Mechanisms > Subproject C1: Network-centred perspective
Event Location: NLD
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2020 08:07
DOI: 10.1016/j.pmcj.2016.10.001
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmcj.2016.10.001
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