Area Throughput for Multi-Sink Wireless Sensor Networks

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


In this chapter, the models for the evaluation of connectivity properties in multi-sink Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) and of the IEEE 802.15.4 Medium Access Control (MAC) protocol, described in  Chaps. 4 and  5 respectively, have been integrated in a unique framework. The concept of area throughput, that is the amount of data per second successfully transmitted to the sinks from a given area, is introduced. This performance metric is strictly related to both connectivity and MAC issues: it depends, in fact, on the probability that a given sensor node is not isolated and that it succeeds in transmitting its packet (i.e., without collisions).


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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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