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Analysis of the Impact of the Physical Environment on a Wireless Sensor Network

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2 Author(s)
Smolau, S. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci. & Software Eng., Univ. Laval, Quebec City, QC, Canada ; Beaubrun, R.

In this paper, we elaborate a set of scenarios and experiments for evaluating the impact of the physical environment on a Wireless Sensor Network (WSN). More specifically, a WSN application is implemented for collecting received signal strength indicator (RSSI) measurements in two different environments. The main contributions are twofold: boxplot diagrams are used for graphical comparison of RSSI measurements, and statistical analysis of variance (ANOVA) is performed for evaluating the impact of the physical environment on a WSN. Results analysis shows the conditions where the impact of the physical environment on a WSN is significant.

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Communications (ICC), 2011 IEEE International Conference on

Date of Conference:

5-9 June 2011