Mobile Wireless Sensor Networks: Architects for Pervasive Computing
A mobile wireless sensor network owes its name to the presence of mobile sink or sensor nodes within the network. The advantages of mobile wireless sensor network over static wireless sensor network are better energy efficiency, improved coverage, enhanced target tracking and superior channel capacity. In this paper, the authors will present and discuss different classifications of mobile wireless sensor network as well as hierarchical multi-tiered architectures for such networks. This architecture makes basis for the future pervasive computing age. The importance of mobility in traditional Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) is highlighted in this chapter along with the impact of mobility on different performance metrics in mobile WSN. A study of some of the possible application scenarios for pervasive computing involving mobile WSN is also presented.