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Censor Networks: A Critique of "Sensor Networks" From a Systems Perspective

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Executive Summary

This paper presents a critique of the field of "Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs)". Literature in this domain falls into two main, distinct categories: algorithms or protocols, and application-centric system design. A striking observation is that references across these two categories are minimal and superficial at best. The authors argue that this is not accidental, and is the result of three main flaws in the former category of work. Going forward, an application-driven, bottom-up approach is required for meaningful articulation and subsequent solution of any networking issues in WSNs.

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