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Wireless Sensor Networks: Performance Analysis in Indoor Scenarios

EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking20072007:081864

Received: 1 July 2006

Accepted: 2 January 2007

Published: 13 March 2007


We evaluate the performance of realistic wireless sensor networks in indoor scenarios. Most of the considered networks are formed by nodes using the Zigbee communication protocol. For comparison, we also analyze networks based on the proprietary standard Z-Wave. Two main groups of network scenarios are proposed: (i) scenarios with direct transmissions between the remote nodes and the network coordinator, and (ii) scenarios with routers, which relay the packets between the remote nodes and the coordinator. The sensor networks of interest are evaluated considering different performance metrics. In particular, we show how the received signal strength indication (RSSI) behaves in the considered scenarios. Then, the network behavior is characterized in terms of end-to-end delay and throughput. In order to confirm the experiments, analytical and simulation results are also derived.


Authors’ Affiliations

Wireless Ad-Hoc and Sensor Networks (WASN) Laboratory, Department of Information Engineering, University of Parma


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