Mobility

Maintaining Connectivity in Sensor Networks Using Directional Antennae

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Executive Summary

Connectivity in wireless sensor networks may be established using either omnidirectional or directional antennae. The former radiate power uniformly in all directions while the latter emit greater power in a specified direction thus achieving increased transmission range and encountering reduced interference from unwanted sources. Regardless of the type of antenna being used the transmission cost of each antenna is proportional to the coverage area of the antenna. It is of interest to design efficient algorithms that minimize the overall transmission cost while at the same time maintaining network connectivity.

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