Peer-to-Peer Spatial Queries in Sensor Networks

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Executive Summary

Sensor networks that consist of potentially several thousands of nodes each with sensing (heat, sound, light, magnetism, etc.) and wireless communication capabilities provide great opportunities for monitoring spatial information about a region of interest. Although spatial query execution has been studied extensively in the context of database systems (e.g., indexing technologies), these solutions are not directly applicable in the context of sensor networks due to the decentralized nature of the sensor networks and the limited computational power and energy scarcity of individual sensor nodes.

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