Encyclopedia of Wireless Networks

Living Edition
| Editors: Xuemin (Sherman) Shen, Xiaodong Lin, Kuan Zhang

Data Gathering in Wireless Sensor Networks

  • Catalina Aranzazu-Suescun
  • Mihaela CardeiEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32903-1_257-1



Data gathering is an important operation in wireless sensor networks which deals with collecting data from the sensor nodes and transmitting them to a sink (or base station) where it is further processed and available for end-user queries.

Historical Background

Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) are deployed to collect useful data from an area of interest. Data gathering is an important operation in wireless sensor networks, and it deals with collecting data from the sensor nodes. There are several aspects that should be considered when designing algorithms and protocols for data gathering:
  • Energy efficiency. Sensor nodes are usually resource constrained, and they are equipped with batteries which often cannot be recharged or replaced. Therefore, it is important to design energy-efficient mechanisms.

  • Network elements. There are several variations in the architecture of the network, such as the following: sensor nodes may...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Florida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Jiming Chen
  • Ruilong Deng
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AlbertaEdmontonCanada