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Passive interference measurement in Wireless Sensor Networks

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7 Author(s)
Shucheng Liu ; USTC-CityU Joint Adv. Res. Centre, Univ. of Sci. & Technol. of China, Hefei, China ; Guoliang Xing ; Hongwei Zhang ; Jianping Wang
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Interference modeling is crucial for the performance of numerous WSN protocols such as congestion control, link/channel scheduling, and reliable routing. In particular, understanding and mitigating interference becomes increasingly important for Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) as they are being deployed for many data-intensive applications such as structural health monitoring. However, previous works have widely adopted simplistic interference models that fail to capture the wireless realities such as probabilistic packet reception performance. Recent studies suggested that the physical interference model (i.e., PRR-SINR model) is significantly more accurate than existing interference models. However, existing approaches to physical interference modeling exclusively rely on the use of active measurement packets, which imposes prohibitively high overhead to bandwidth-limited WSNs. In this paper, we propose the passive interference measurement (PIM) approach to tackle the complexity of accurate physical interference characterization. PIM exploits the spatiotemporal diversity of data traffic for radio performance profiling and only needs to gather a small amount of statistics about the network. We evaluate the efficiency of PIM through extensive experiments on both a 13-node and a 40-node testbeds of TelosB motes. Our results show that PIM can achieve high accuracy of PRR-SINR modeling with significantly lower overhead compared with the active measurement approach.

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Network Protocols (ICNP), 2010 18th IEEE International Conference on

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5-8 Oct. 2010