Surveillance With Wireless Sensor Networks in Obstruction: Breach Paths as Watershed Contours

Date Added: Sep 2009
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For surveillance applications of wireless sensor networks, analysis of sensing coverage and quality of sensing is crucial. For rough terrains where obstacles block the sensing capability, region-based approaches must be employed to determine the sensing quality. In this paper, the authors present a method to determine the breach paths and the deployment quality defined as the minimum of the maximum detection probabilities on the breach paths in the presence of obstacles. They propose the utilization of watershed segmentation on the iso-sensing map that reveals the equally-sensed regions of the field-of-interest in a surveillance application. Probabilistic sensor models are utilized to produce the iso-sensing map considering the sensing coverage degree and reliability level as the design criteria.