Mobile Wireless Sensor Networks: An Overview [chapter]

Velmani Ramasamy
2017 Wireless Sensor Networks - Insights and Innovations  
Mobile wireless sensor networks (MWSNs) have emerged and shifted the focus from the typical static wireless sensor networks to networks with mobile sensor nodes that are capable to sense the various types of events. Also, they can change their position frequently in a speciic sensing area. The applications of the MWSNs can be widely divided into time-driven, event-driven, on-demand and tracking based applications. Mobile sensor node architecture, residual energy utilization, mobility, topology,
more » ... mobility, topology, scalability, localization, data collection routing, Quality of Service (QoS), etc., are the key factors to design an energy eicient MWSNs for some speciic purpose. This chapter deals with an overview of the MWSNs and a few signiicant phenomena to design an energy eicient MWSNs to the large-scale environment. inventory tracking and tactical military surveillance [2] . There are two sets of challenges to MWSNs; hardware and environment. The main hardware constraints are limited batery power and low-cost requirements. i.e., the mobile sensor nodes should be energy eicient, low complexity algorithms required for microcontrollers and use of only a simplex radio [3] . The mobility models to deine the movements towards/away the sensor nodes, and how the mobile sensor nodes location, velocity and acceleration change over time, also predicts the future node positions. In MWSNs, the major environmental factors are the shared medium and varying topology. The shared medium denotes that channel access must be regulated in some way. Hence, the network topology plays a significant role in routing protocol design and also decides the transmission path of data packets to reach the desired destination [4, 5] . While the sensor nodes on mobility, the performances of the network topologies such as flat/unstructured, chain, tree and cluster topologies are inadequate for large-scale MWSNs. To solve these kinds of issues a hybrid network topology is the best option for large-scale environments. Furthermore, the hybrid topology plays a significant role in data collection as well as the network performance is also good. Also, the routing protocol decides the efficient and reliable data transmission path. Therefore, this chapter deals with the various types of WSN as well as the design challenges, mobile sensor node architecture, mobility entity and mobility models, network topology and several routing protocols for MWSNs [6, 7]. Types of WSNs Usually, the sensor nodes are deployed on land, underground and under water environments and that forms a WSN. Based on the sensor nodes deployment, a sensor network faces diferent challenges and constraints. Types of the WSNs are terrestrial, multimedia, underground, multi-media and mobile WSNs. In this chapter, we are discussing the overview of the mobile WSNs. According to the resources of the sensor nodes on an MWSN, it can be classiied into homogeneous and heterogeneous MWSNs [3] . Homogeneous MWSN consists of identical mobile sensor nodes and they may have unique properties. But, heterogeneous MWSN consists of a number of mobile sensor nodes with diferent abilities in node property such as battery power, memory size, computing power, sensing range, transmission range, and mobility, etc. Also, the nodes deployment of heterogeneous MWSN is more complex than homogeneous MWSN [8, 9] . 2.
doi:10.5772/intechopen.70592 fatcat:thdat6ymkffc3irfurci4kwra4