On the feasibility of wireless multimedia sensor networks over IEEE 802.15.5 mesh topologies

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Sensors (Switzerland)
  • Volumen: 16
  • Número: 5
  • Fecha: 05 May 2016
  • ISSN: 14248220
  • Source Type: Journal
  • DOI: 10.3390/s16050643
  • Document Type: Article
  • Publisher: MDPI AG Postfach Basel CH-4005
© 2016 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Wireless Multimedia Sensor Networks (WMSNs) are a special type of Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) where large amounts of multimedia data are transmitted over networks composed of low power devices. Hierarchical routing protocols typically used in WSNs for multi-path communication tend to overload nodes located within radio communication range of the data collection unit or data sink. The battery life of these nodes is therefore reduced considerably, requiring frequent battery replacement work to extend the operational life of the WSN system. In a wireless sensor network with mesh topology, any node may act as a forwarder node, thereby enabling multiple routing paths toward any other node or collection unit. In addition, mesh topologies have proven advantages, such as data transmission reliability, network robustness against node failures, and potential reduction in energy consumption. This work studies the feasibility of implementing WMSNs in mesh topologies and their limitations by means of exhaustive computer simulation experiments. To this end, a module developed for the Synchronous Energy Saving (SES) mode of the IEEE 802.15.5 mesh standard has been integrated with multimedia tools to thoroughly test video sequences encoded using H.264 in mesh networks.

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