UNIVERSITY of GLASGOW

Computing at Glasgow University
 
Paper ID: 8409
DCS Tech Report Number: TR-2007-231

Management of networked sensor systems
Koliousis,A. Sventek,J.

Publication Type: Tech Report (internal)
Appeared in: DCS Technical Report Series
Page Numbers : 29
Publisher: Dept of Computing Science, University of Glasgow
Year: 2007
Abstract:

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.

Keywords: sensor networks, management framework, categorization


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