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Wireless Sensor/Actuator Network Design for Mobile Control Applications

Xia, Feng, Tian, Yu-Chu, Li, Yanjun, & Sun, Youxian (2007) Wireless Sensor/Actuator Network Design for Mobile Control Applications. Sensors, 7(10), pp. 2157-2173.

Abstract

Wireless sensor/actuator networks (WSANs) are emerging as a new generation of sensor networks. Serving as the backbone of control applications, WSANs will enable an unprecedented degree of distributed and mobile control. However, the unreliability of wireless communications and the real-time requirements of control applications raise great challenges for WSAN design. With emphasis on the reliability issue, this paper presents an application-level design methodology for WSANs in mobile control applications. The solution is generic in that it is independent of the underlying platforms, environment, control system models, and controller design. To capture the link quality characteristics in terms of packet loss rate, experiments are conducted on a real WSAN system. From the experimental observations, a simple yet efficient method is proposed to deal with unpredictable packet loss on actuator nodes. Trace-based simulations give promising results, which demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach.

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ID Code: 12495
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: wireless sensor/actuator network, sensor network, control application, link quality, packet loss
ISSN: 1424-8220
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000) > COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES (100500) > Computer Communications Networks (100503)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 MDPI
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Deposited On: 15 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:34

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