Wireless Sensor Networks

  • Chiara BurattiEmail author
  • Marco Martalò
  • Roberto Verdone
  • Gianluigi Ferrari
Part of the Signals and Communication Technology book series (SCT)


This chapter introduces the topic of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs), providing a definition and describes the main characteristics and features of this kind of networks. A brief overview of the state of the art of the research in this field, with particular attention toward the main European projects, is also provided. The IEEE 802.15.4 standard, reference technology of this book for the realisation of such networks, is described. This chapter is structured as follows. In Sect. 1.1, fundamental features and issues of WSNs are discussed. In Sect. 1.2., instead, the main application fields are briefly presented. Sections 1.3 and 1.4 introduce the main characteristics of the IEEE 802.15.4 and Zigbee protocols, respectively. In Sect. 1.5, we discuss on research trends in WSNs, whereas in Sect. 1.6 further readings on the topic are recalled.


Sensor Node Medium Access Control Medium Access Control Layer Network Device Beacon Frame 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chiara Buratti
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marco Martalò
    • 2
  • Roberto Verdone
    • 1
  • Gianluigi Ferrari
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipto. Elettronica, Informatica e Sistemistica (DEIS) Università di BolognaBolognaItaly
  2. 2.Dipto. Ingegneria dell’InformazioneUniversità di ParmaParmaItaly

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