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This paper attempts to identify the reliability assessment in terms of data aggregation in wireless sensor networks. With the sensor nodes' Bayesian lifetime model, the fault ratio of sensing data among a pair of nodes in the worst case is derived. Leveraging the property of exponential aggregation latency distribution, the optimizing strategy, namely fault-tolerant scheduling for aggregation (FTSA) is proposed. Quantitative analysis of the task scheduling is also presented, which is used for reducing the latency of data aggregation. Moreover, the sensor fault probability and aggregation latency are initially introduced into the data collection scheduling process, and it mathematically shows that the fused local estimate can obtain a global estimation with the reliable data acquisition framework. Performance evaluations of the proposed approach with both sensor node faults and scheduling policy are carried out. These results show that the proposed approach outperforms the earlier algorithms in terms of latency designed without regard to sensor faults.
Date of Conference: 12-15 Oct. 2008