Proc. SPIE. 5440, Digital Wireless Communications VI
KEYWORDS: Target detection, Energy efficiency, Detection and tracking algorithms, Sensors, Sensor networks, Data communications, Network architectures, Scanning transmission electron microscopy, Unattended ground sensors, Fusion energy
Successful power management in a wireless sensor network requires optimization of the protocols which affect energy-consumption on each node and the aggregate effects across the larger network. System optimization for a given deployment scenario requires an analysis and trade off of desired node and network features with their associated costs. The sleep protocol for an energy-efficient wireless sensor network for event detection, target classification, and target tracking developed at Sandia National Laboratories is presented. The dynamic source routing (DSR) algorithm is chosen to reduce network maintenance overhead, while providing a self-configuring and self-healing network architecture. A method for determining the optimal sleep time is developed and presented, providing reference data which spans several orders of magnitude. Message timing diagrams show, that a node in a five-node cluster, employing an optimal cyclic single-radio sleep protocol, consumes 3% more energy and incurs a 16-s increase latency than nodes employing the more complex dual-radio STEM protocol.