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Synchronization service integrated into routing layer in wireless sensor networks

Fedor, Szymon and Collier, Martin (2008) Synchronization service integrated into routing layer in wireless sensor networks. In: WCNC 2008 - Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, March 31 2008-April 3 2008, Las Vegas, USA. ISBN 978-1-4244-1997-5

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The time synchronization problem needs to be considered in a distributed system. In Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) this issue must be solved with limited computational, communication and energy resources. Many synchronization protocols exist for WSNs. However, in most cases these protocols are independent entities with specific packets, communication scheme and network hierarchy. This solution is not energy efficient. Because it is very rare for synchronization not to be necessary in WSNs, we advocate integrating the synchronization service into the routing layer. We have implemented this approach in a new synchronization protocol called Routing Integrated Synchronization Service (RISS). Our tests show that RISS is very time and energy efficient and also is characterized by a small overhead. We have compared its performance experimentally to that of the FTSP synchronization protocol and it has proved to offer better time precision than the latter protocol.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:routing protocols; synchronisation; wireless sensor networks;
Subjects:Engineering > Telecommunication
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Research Institute for Networks and Communications Engineering (RINCE)
Published in:2008 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference. . Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. ISBN 978-1-4244-1997-5
Publisher:Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
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Copyright Information:©2008 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE.
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Deposited On:19 Jul 2010 12:34 by DORAS Administrator. Last Modified 19 Jul 2010 12:34

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