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An Efficient Multibit Aggregation Scheme for Multihop Wireless Sensor Networks

  • Bhushan G. Jagyasi1Email author,
  • Bikash K. Dey2,
  • S. N. Merchant2 and
  • U. B. Desai2
EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking20092008:649581

DOI: 10.1155/2008/649581

Received: 14 December 2007

Accepted: 2 December 2008

Published: 11 January 2009


A single-hop wireless sensor network for distributed detection has been considered in the majority of the existing literature. However, a wireless sensor network for an event detection application with cheap and short range sensors is likely to be a multihop network. Here we consider a distributed detection problem in a multihop wireless sensor network with tree topology. We propose an optimum multibit decision fusion rule derived from the previously known optimum likelihood ratio for a single-hop network with star topology. Subsequently, we present an efficient multibit decision fusion rule for a multihop wireless sensor network with tree topology. Through numerical results, the proposed scheme is shown to achieve a significant improvement in detection accuracy over existing distributed detection schemes.

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Authors’ Affiliations

TCS Innovation Labs, Mumbai, Tata Consultancy Services
SPANN Laboratory, Electrical Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology


© Bhushan G. Jagyasi et al. 2008

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