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Shah, Ghalib A., Shaleeza Sohail and Faisal B. Hussain. "QoS in Wireless Sensor Networks." Wireless Technologies: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications. IGI Global, 2012. 99-119. Web. 29 Jul. 2014. doi:10.4018/978-1-61350-101-6.ch106

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Shah, G. A., Sohail, S., & Hussain, F. B. (2012). QoS in Wireless Sensor Networks. In I. Management Association (Ed.), Wireless Technologies: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications (pp. 99-119). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. doi:10.4018/978-1-61350-101-6.ch106

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Shah, Ghalib A., Shaleeza Sohail and Faisal B. Hussain. "QoS in Wireless Sensor Networks." In Wireless Technologies: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications, ed. Information Resources Management Association, 99-119 (2012), accessed July 29, 2014. doi:10.4018/978-1-61350-101-6.ch106

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Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) have been envisioned as a new and effective means for creating and deploying previously unimaginable applications. These networks generally have the capabilities of observing the physical phenomena, communication, data processing and dissemination. Limited resources of sensor nodes like energy, bandwidth and processing abilities, make these networks excellent candidates for incorporating QoS framework. The possible applications of WSNs are numerous while being diverse in nature which makes analyzing and designing QoS support for each application a non-trivial task. At the same time, these applications require different type of QoS support from the network for optimum performance. A single layer cannot address all these issues, hence, numerous researchers have proposed protocols and architectures for QoS support at different network layers. In this chapter, the authors identify the generic QoS parameters which are usually supported at different layers of WSNs protocol stack and investigate their importance in different application models. A brief overview of significant research contribution at every network layer is provided. It is worthwhile to mention that same QoS parameter may be supported at multiple layers, hence, adequate selection of suitable mechanism would be application’s choice. On the other hand, it is quite possible that a single QoS parameter, such as energy conservation or real-time delivery, can be efficiently supported through interaction of multiple layers. It is difficult, if not impossible to optimize multi layer QoS architecture. Hence, a number of researchers have also proposed the idea of cross layer architecture for providing QoS support for a number of sensor applications, which is also discussed in this chapter. At the end, the authors highlight the open research issues that might be the focus of future research in this area.
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Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are emerging as one of the most effective mechanism to sense, collect, process and disseminate physically dispersed information. Small sensing devices provide flexibility and ease of deployment as well as self configuring wireless networks for communication. Advances in sensor hardware resulted in a huge number of different type of sensors like: thermometers, barometers, moisture gauges, motion and glass break detectors, RFID access control badges and so many more (Conner et al., 2004). Most importantly, the economy of this type of solution is responsible for development of a huge number of applications in this area. Following are few of the interesting applications of WSNs:

  • Habitat monitoring requires access to the remote area which may not be safe and/or feasible to be accessed regularly for data collection. WSNs provide a robust and safe alternative and hence, a large number of such applications have developed in last few years (Szewczyk et al., 2004; Polastre et al., 2004).

  • Environmental observation and forecasting systems have benefited a lot with the emergence of WSNs as the means to sense, monitor, model and forecast the physical processes like rain fall, flooding, temperature changes, pollution etc.

  • Disaster management is the area that has emerged as the perfect candidate for applying WSN technology. Monitoring, assistance and management provided by a WSN based disaster management system provides critical information without risking human lives.

  • Surveillance and security in buildings and secure areas can be provided by WSNs. Motion tracking sensors are perfect to detect intruders as provide required services round the clock.

  • Military applications like battlefield assistance, troop management and enemy tracking are one of the driving forces behind the success of WSNs.

In addition to the above mentioned possibilities, the applications in the area of WSN are unlimited and are emerging everyday. Before going into further details, a brief and simple introduction of WSN is provided here. WSNs are essentially composed of a large number of small sensing devices, deployed in an ad-hoc manner to collectively sense a physical phenomenon (Tilak et al., 2002). The sensor nodes disseminate the collected data after limited processing to the sink node using wireless technology. The sink node can have the ability to query sensor nodes for any information. The exterior networks are connected to the sink node which enables these networks to collect data from WSN.

The following sets of distinguishing features of WSNs are responsible for a tremendous amount of research in this area (Wang et al., 2006):

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The mobile Internet is a fast-growing technology that provides access to the traditional stationary (fixed-line) Internet from devices connected to... Sample PDF
Deployment and Success Factors for the Mobile Internet: A Case Study Approach
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Chapter 95
Klaus-Peter Wiedmann, Marc-Oliver Reeh, Henrik Schumacher
Near Field Communication (NFC) is a short-distance wireless technology which allows user friendly networking of mobile terminals, e.g., cellular... Sample PDF
Employment and Acceptance of Near Field Communication in Mobile Marketing
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Chapter 96
Amit Lingarchani
Pervasive mobile services are part of almost all business processes. These services are provided irrespective of location, time and place using... Sample PDF
Environmental Challenges in Mobile Services
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Chapter 97
Hal Steger
Open source software is increasingly used for many types of mobile apps and wireless devices. A leading example is Funambol, the world’s most... Sample PDF
Open Source for Mobile Devices and Mobile Learning
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Chapter 98
Per Andersson, Susanne Sweet, Christopher Rosenqvist
This chapter puts focus on and relates to three central concepts “sustainability”, “mobility”, and “customer value”. The results from two long-term... Sample PDF
ICTs for Business Enterprise Mobility: Mobile Communications, Mobility and the Creation of Sustainable Value
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Chapter 99
Banani Nandi, Ganesh Subramaniam
In the last two decades, the availability of worldwide high speed Internet networks together with progressive deployment and adoption of broadband... Sample PDF
Evolution in Broadband Technology and Future of Wireless Broadband
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Chapter 100
Chi-Wai Chow
Passive optical network (PON) is considered as an attractive fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) technology. Wavelength division multiplexed (WDM) PON improves... Sample PDF
Broadband Optical Access using Centralized Carrier Distribution
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Chapter 101
Raúl Aquino, Luis Villaseñor, Víctor Rangel, Miguel García, Artur Edwards
This chapter describes the implementation and performance evaluation of a novel routing protocol called Pandora, which is designed for social... Sample PDF
Emerging Wireless Networks for Social Applications
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Chapter 102
The Future of WiMAX  (pages 2001-2013)
Dennis Viehland, Sheenu Chawla
WiMAX is being promoted as a potential solution to a number of problems that have plagued the wired and wireless broadband industry since it... Sample PDF
The Future of WiMAX
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Chapter 103
Hsiao-Hwa Chen
This chapter addresses the issues on the architecture of next generation CDMA (NG-CDMA) systems, which should offer a much better performance in... Sample PDF
The Next Generation CDMA Technology for Futuristic Wireless Communications: Why Complementary Codes?
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Chapter 104
Daniel C. Doolan, Tracey J. Mehigan, Sabin Tabirca, Ian Pitt
Mobile devices are becoming more and more commonplace across all walks of life from the workplace to leisure activities and even the classroom. Many... Sample PDF
Cross Platform M-Learning for the Classroom of Tomorrow
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Chapter 105
Cecilie Murray
Students and teachers are embracing mobile technologies in their social lives. How is this reflected in K-12 schools? This chapter examines the... Sample PDF
Imagine Mobile Learning in your Pocket
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Chapter 106
Danda B. Rawat, Gongjun Yan
Vehicular communication is regarded as a backbone for the development of intelligent transportation system (ITS). Recently vehicular communication... Sample PDF
Infrastructures in Vehicular Communications: Status, Challenges and Perspectives
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Chapter 107
Arijit Ukil
The deterministic factor for 4G wireless technologies is to successfully deliver high value services such as voice, video, real-time data with well... Sample PDF
Advanced Scheduling Schemes in 4G Systems
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Chapter 108
Dulal C. Kar, Hung L. Ngo, Clifton J. Mulkey, Geetha Sanapala
It is challenging to secure a wireless sensor network (WSN) because its inexpensive, tiny sensor nodes do not have the necessary processing... Sample PDF
Advances in Security and Privacy in Wireless Sensor Networks
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Chapter 109
Mingyan Li, Krishna Sampigethaya, Radha Poovendran
This chapter describes potential roles of trust in future aviation information systems. The next-generation air transportation systems are... Sample PDF
Certificate-Based Trust Establishment in eEnabled Airplane Applications: Challenges and Approaches
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