Date Added: Feb 2012
The authors consider an Unattended Tiered Sensor Network (UTSN) consisting of resource-rich master nodes at the upper tier and resource-poor sensor nodes at the lower tier. Sensor nodes submit data to nearby master nodes which store the data and answer the queries from the network owner on behalf of sensor nodes. Such a cooperative data storage and query processing paradigm offers a number of advantages over traditional Homogeneous unattended sensor networks. Relying on master nodes for data storage and query processing, however, raises severe concerns about data confidentiality and query-result correctness when the sensor network is deployed in hostile environments.