Study on Query-Based Information Extraction in IoT-Integrated Wireless Sensor Networks

Study on Query-Based Information Extraction in IoT-Integrated Wireless Sensor Networks

Prachi Sarode (VIT Chennai, India) and TR Reshmi (VIT Chennai, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8241-0.ch007


The internet of things-integrated sensor nodes (IoT-WSN) is widely adopted in variety of applications such as fire detection, gas leakage detection in industry, earthquake detection, vibrating locations on flyover, weather monitoring, and many more wherein highest value is required in time to serve the abnormal areas with highest priority. The query-based information extraction has increased attention of many researchers working on increasing the network lifetime of the IoT-WSN. In resource-constraint IoT-WSN, executing the requests (in the form of queries) in time with minimum energy consumption is the main requirement and focus. The query processing at sink node in collaboration with neighboring nodes and then finding the top-k values for data aggregation is the most challenging job in IoT-WSN. This chapter investigates the various query-based approaches and improvements in the query data availability. The chapter also presents a comparative analysis that gives an idea of different aspects and applications of query-based schemes.
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Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) Cao and Wang (2004) is an application specific network consisting of sensor nodes that senses data, do some computation and communicate the information. However, Sensors nodes are energy constrained, which pose many research challenges to create an energy efficient networks which comprises various types of traffic models and data delivery models. Recent work focuses on query-based data delivery, event-based data delivery, continuous data delivery, and hybrid-based data delivery models. There are many applications using Internet of Things integrated WSN (IoT-WSN) where sensor nodes join internet dynamically, use it to collaborate and accomplish their tasks. This integration requires many investigations and analysis to resolve the architectural issues. The Figure 1 given below shows IoT architecture layers and their integration with other private networks. The IoT-WSN is used in variety of applications such as Fire detection, Gas leakage detection in industry, earthquake detection, and vibrating locations on flyover, weather monitoring and many more wherein highest values is required in time to serve the abnormal areas with highest priority. This study focuses on query-based delivery models considering the requirements of distinct cases. The job of sink node is to find the highest value(s) from specific region of the sensor network by broadcasting the control query message to all the neighbor nodes. Generally, after reception of query message, the sensor nodes report the updated highest top-k value(s) to its parent node after an authentication process. In most of cases for processing the data, sink node will be require only part of the information instead of whole event data of a particular region. Henceforth the authentication process assures the data shared is reliable and the adopted query-based data aggregation reduces the overheads of the network and thereby contributes to prolong the network life. So, the scheme assures reliability, timeliness and efficiency in data aggregation at various levels in underlying network configuration.

Figure 1.

IoT architecture layers


The necessary information is requested using various types of queries such as: Top–k query, query with identifier, Location aware query and cluster centered query. Consequently, this study focuses on top-k query wherein it tries to find: 1) highest k values from sensor nodes 2) highest readings of ‘K’ nodes from all the connected sensor nodes. The sensor nodes consume more power during packet transmission rather than receiving or performing any computational work. There are mainly two approaches to reduce the energy consumption in sensor nodes; 1) turning off transducer for a period of time. 2) to reduce the bulk data communication during network processing. Therefore, sending only the specific information required is the need of most of the critical applications in real world scenarios which indirectly reduces the energy consumption of contributing sensor nodes of the network. The figure 2 shows a typical query-based information gathering in IoT-WSN. It shows a user sending a query with precise information to the sink node. Sink node processes the requested query and broadcast to other sensor nodes instructing to extract required information. Sensor nodes answer the query by applying appropriate top-k query approaches, data aggregation techniques and filtering schemes. After receiving response, it is sent back to the requested user.

Figure 2.

Query processing in IoT-WSN


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