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Routing Data in a Wireless Sensor Network

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000198129D
Publication Date: 2010-Jul-26
Document File: 25 page(s) / 2M

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Abstract

A system, method, and computer program product are provided for routing data in a wireless sensor network. In use, sensed data is identified utilizing a first sensor node of a plurality of sensor nodes in a wireless sensor network, the sensor nodes each capable of sensing data. Additionally, a plurality of parameters associated with each route existing between the first sensor node and a gateway node in the wireless sensor network connecting the wireless sensor network to another network is received at the first sensor node from at least one second sensor node in direct communication with the first sensor node via the wireless communication network. Furthermore, one of the at least one second sensor node that is in direct communication with the first sensor node is selected, based on the parameters. Still yet, the sensed data is forwarded from the first sensor node to the selected second sensor node.

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SYSTEM, METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR ROUTING DATA IN A WIRELESS SENSOR NETWORK

Field of the Invention

[0001]           The present invention relates to wireless sensor networks, and more particularly to routing data in wireless sensor networks.

Background

[0002]           Wireless sensor networks generally include networks of sensors that are capable of sensing data, such as the identification of a physical object or inanimate conditions.  Thus, wireless sensor networks may be utilized for identifying and routing such data, for example, to traditional networks.  Unfortunately, conventional techniques utilized for transmitting data sensed in a wireless sensor network to a traditional network have exhibited various limitations.  For example, such techniques have generally been deficient with respect to routing sensed data in an energy efficient, time constrained, and reliable manner.

[0003]           There is thus a need for addressing these and/or other issues associated with the prior art.

SUMMARY

[0004]           A system, method, and computer program product are provided for routing data in a wireless sensor network.  In use, sensed data is identified utilizing a first sensor node of a plurality of sensor nodes in a wireless sensor network, the sensor nodes each capable of sensing data.  Additionally, a plurality of parameters associated with each route existing between the first sensor node and a gateway node in the wireless sensor network connecting the wireless sensor network to another network is received at the first sensor node from at least one second sensor node in direct communication with the first sensor node via the wireless communication network.  Furthermore, one of the at least one second sensor node that is in direct communication with the first sensor node is selected, based on the parameters.  Still yet, the sensed data is forwarded from the first sensor node to the selected second sensor node.

Brief Description of the Drawings

[0005]           Figure 1 illustrates a network architecture, in accordance with one possible embodiment. 

[0006]           Figure 2 illustrates an exemplary system, in accordance with one embodiment.

[0007]           Figure 3 illustrates a method for routing data in a wireless sensor network, in accordance with another embodiment.

[0008]           Figure 4 illustrates a system for routing data in a wireless sensor network, in accordance with yet another embodiment.

[0009]           Figure 5 illustrates a method for receiving, at a sensor node of a wireless sensor network, parameters associated with routes existing between the sensor node and a gateway node of the wireless sensor network, in accordance with still yet another embodiment.

[0010]           Figure 6 illustrates a method for selecting a sensor node to which sensed data is to be forwarded, in accordance with another embodiment.

 


Detailed Description

[0011]           Figure 1 illustrates a network architecture 100, in accordance with one possible embodiment.  As shown, a...