International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems
In this paper, the authors propose a deployment algorithm based on the electrostatic field theory for mobile wireless sensor networks. The nodes and obstacles in the deployment area are taken as the charged particles; and the particles will move due to the Coulomb's force from other particles or obstacles. Finally, the nodes automatically spread to the whole area by the resultant action and complete the deployment. Four metrics, including coverage, uniformity, deployment time and average displacement distance, are used to evaluate the performance of the algorithm.