Event Detection in Wireless Sensor Networks - Can Fuzzy Values Be Accurate?
Source: University of Virginia
Event detection is a central component in numerous Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) applications. In spite of this, the area of event description has not received enough attention. The majority of current event description approaches rely on using precise values to specify event thresholds. However, the authors believe that crisp values cannot adequately handle the often imprecise sensor readings. In this paper, they demonstrate that using fuzzy values instead of crisp ones significantly improves the accuracy of event detection. They also show that the fuzzy logic approach provides higher detection precision than a couple of well established classification algorithms. A disadvantage of using fuzzy logic is the exponentially growing size of the rule-base. Sensor nodes have limited memory and storing large rule-bases could be a challenge.