Clock synchronization for wireless sensor networks: a survey

Bharath Sundararaman, Ugo Buy, Ajay D. Kshemkalyani
2005 Ad hoc networks  
Recent advances in micro-electromechanical (MEMS) technology have led to the development of small, low-cost, and low-power sensors. Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) are large-scale networks of such sensors, dedicated to observing and monitoring various aspects of the physical world. In such networks, data from each sensor is agglomerated using data fusion to form a single meaningful result, which makes time synchronization between sensors highly desirable. This paper surveys and evaluates
more » ... g clock synchronization protocols based on a palette of factors like precision, accuracy, cost, and complexity. The design considerations presented here can help developers either in choosing an existing synchronization protocol or in defining a new protocol that is best suited to the specific needs of a sensornetwork application. Finally, the survey provides a valuable framework by which designers can compare new and existing synchronization protocols.
doi:10.1016/j.adhoc.2005.01.002 fatcat:mjbs7x7aijc6vnmmrf5773ic4u