Date Added: Nov 2012
These data sensing and retrieval in wireless sensor systems have a widespread application in areas such as security and surveillance monitoring and command and control in battlefields. In query-based wireless sensor systems, a user would issue a query and expect a response to be returned within the deadline. While the use of fault tolerance mechanisms through redundancy improves query reliability in the presence of unreliable wireless communication and sensor faults, it could cause the energy of the system to be quickly depleted. Therefore, there is an inherent tradeoff between query reliability vs. energy consumption in query-based wireless sensor systems.