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This article is part of the series Mobile Multi-Hop Ad Hoc Networks: From Theory to Reality.

Open Access Research Article

Wireless Sensor Networks: Performance Analysis in Indoor Scenarios

G Ferrari*, P Medagliani, S Di Piazza and M Martalò

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Wireless Ad-Hoc and Sensor Networks (WASN) Laboratory, Department of Information Engineering, University of Parma, Parma 43100, Italy

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EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2007, 2007:081864  doi:10.1155/2007/81864

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Received:1 July 2006
Revisions received:8 December 2006
Accepted:2 January 2007
Published:13 March 2007

© 2007 Ferrari et al.

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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.

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