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Summary form only given. Most of the current research in wireless sensor networks (WSN, for short) is constraint driven and focuses on optimizing the use of limited resources (for example, power) at each sensor. While such constraints are important, there is a need for more general performance metrics describing the effectiveness of WSNs. There is also a need for a unified model that would enable comparison of different types of WSNs. We propose a new service-centric model that focuses on services provided by a WSN and their corresponding performance metrics. A WSN is modeled at different levels of abstraction. For each level, a set of services and a set of metrics are defined. A mapping between metrics at different levels relates high-level, mission-oriented metrics to low-level capability-oriented metrics. The proposed model consists of mission, network, region, sensor, and capability layers. Within each layer, four planes are identified, namely, communications, management, application, and generation learning. The proposed model provides a flexible, open framework for expressing and evaluating capabilities, functionalities, management, behavior, and evolution of a WSN. In addition, the proposed model provides a holistic approach to comparing WSNs and to measuring their effectiveness. The generation learning plane is unique in that it serves to extend the longevity of the network and to enhance the network effectiveness over time.