Date Added: Mar 2012
Surveillance systems, such as sensor networks and surveillance camera networks, have been widely deployed to monitor events in many different scenarios. One common way to conserve resource (such as energy) usage is to have only a subset of devices activated at any give time. In this paper, the authors look at this classic problem from a new perspective: they do not try to cover all the event areas as usually studied, but aim to find the most valuable event areas among all the event areas (i.e., the ones leading to the most utility) to monitor, subject to resource constraints. This problem poses two major challenges.