Energy-Efficient Provenance Transmission in Large-Scale Wireless Sensor Networks

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Large-scale sensor-based decision support systems are being widely deployed. Assessing the trustworthiness of sensor data and the owners of this data is critical for quality assurance of decision making in these systems. Trust evaluation frameworks use data provenance along with the sensed data values to compute the trustworthiness of each data item. However, in a sizeable multi-hop sensor network, provenance information requires a large and variable number of bits in each packet, which, in turn, results in high energy dissipation with extended period of radio communication, making trust systems unusable. The authors propose an energy-efficient provenance transmission and construction scheme, which they refer to as Probabilistic Provenance Flow (PPF).