Improving the energy balance of field-based routing in wireless sensor networks

Goce Trajcevski*, Oliviu Ghica, Peter Scheuermann, Marco Zúñiga, René Schubotz, Manfred Hauswirth

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For high-density networks, several studies have proposed field-based routing paradigms to uniformly distribute the traffic load throughout the network. However, as network density decreases, we observe major shortcomings of the current state-of-the-art: (i) fewer number of neighbors reduce the number of available paths and leads to path merging and (ii) the paths directed towards the border of the network merge into a single path. These path merging effects decrease significantly the energy balance, and as consequence, the lifetime of the network. In this paper, we propose a novel mechanism to enable a better load balancing for single-source and multiple-source scenarios. Our evaluations demonstrate that by using the proposed methodology, the network lifetime can be prolonged between 30% and 40%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2010 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, GLOBECOM 2010
StatePublished - 2010
Event53rd IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2010 - Miami, FL, United States
Duration: Dec 6 2010Dec 10 2010

Publication series

NameGLOBECOM - IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference


Other53rd IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMiami, FL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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