Achieving Long-Term Surveillance in VigilNet Conference Paper uri icon


  • Energy efficiency is a fundamental issue for outdoor sensor network systems. This paper presents the design and implementation of multi-dimensional power management strategies in VigilNet, a major recent effort to support longterm surveillance using power-constrained sensor devices. We integrate a novel tripwire service with an effective sentry and duty cycle scheduling in order to increase the system lifetime, collaboratively. Through extensive system implementation, we demonstrate the feasibility to achieve high surveillance performance and energy efficiency, simultaneously. We invest a fair amount of effort to evaluate our architecture with a network of 200 XSM motes in an outdoor environment, an extensive simulation with 10,000 nodes, as well as an analytical probabilistic model. These evaluations demonstrate the effectiveness of our integrated approach and identify many interesting lessons and guidelines, useful for the future development of energy-efficient sensor systems.

author list (cited authors)

  • He, T., Vicaire, P., Yan, T., Cao, Q., Zhou, G., Gu, L., ... Abdelzaher, T. F.

citation count

  • 50

publication date

  • January 2006