Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN): Technology and Applications


Abdulrahman Yarali
Professor of Telecommunications Systems
Murray State University
Murray, KY, US

Series: Computer Science, Technology and Applications
BISAC: COM014000

The current world of technology faces massive advancements that influence different sectors such as transport, health care system, and education, amongst others. The telecommunication and information industry has become significant over time and has experienced considerable development. This trend is likely to extend into the future, both in terms of hardware and software. The industry plans to make modern advancements in the next five years to change their current modes of operation. Some of the significant changes that are forecast for the industry include technological advances such as 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), IoT, wireless sensor networks, and cross-industry alliances. 5G mobile connectivity is expected to bring advanced technical improvements helping employment as well as growth in GDP.
In the fusion of these technologies, the potential of IoT and Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) would be witnessed through various applications such as connected consumer, home monitoring system, predictive maintenance, factory monitoring, and so on. A Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) is a term used for a network of devices that can gather information and then communicate it through any wireless link. The data collected is then transferred using different nodes and multiple gateways. With the evolution of technology, some new criteria have been introduced to check and balance the environmental conditions for reliable and fast response operations for a quick response and service under different scenarios and situations. There has been an increased use of smart wireless sensor objects in the current world by various organizations. The growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), industrial IoT, and wireless sensor networks have shaped different technologies and enables faster, reliable, and sufficient production of goods and services.
Although there are limitations and challenges such as storage capacity, processing power, communication range, and battery life, WSN significantly affects IoT technology development. Learning about the standards and specifications of WSNs is vital to understanding their general functionality and how they are in close interaction with the Internet of Things, with many massive billions of device connectivity. Future developments should focus on building a self-adaptive spectrum management middleware for the wireless sensor networks.
The telecom industry will continue to face regulatory challenges it faces currently. Various new regulations are likely to come up soon, and these will also have financial implications for the companies. The need to ensure consumer privacy is a critical issue that will be of prime concern to the telecoms in the next few years. Various aspects, such as the standards and the architectures, need to be considered to ensure the security and operational consistency of these wireless sensor networks; therefore, industry players should keep up with the changing trends and adapt accordingly.
In this book there are twelve chapters which cover wireless networking sensors evolution and technologies advancement. We are very pleased that the technology, academic, and industry communities are discussing this important and fast growing industry and we are certain that the content of this book will shed some light on this subject. The chapters presented in this book discuss technologies, design, implementation and applications of various short and long range wireless sensors networking. The challenges and issues faced in providing applications and services to meet user experiences ubiquitously and securely are presented.



Table of Contents




Chapter 1. Evolution of Wireless Technology: Sensor, Security and Emerging Issues

Chapter 2. Smart Products and Pervasive Connectivity: Sensors and IoT

Chapter 3. Wireless Sensor Networks and their Applications

Chapter 4. Applications of Wireless Sensor Networks

Chapter 5. Wireless Sensor Networks: Evolution and challenges

Chapter 6. Wireless Sensor Network for the Internet of Things: An Introduction

Chapter 7. Wireless Sensor Networks For Precision Agriculture

Chapter 8. Wireless Sensors Networks: Cattle Health Monitoring Systems

Chapter 9. Wireless Sensor Networks: Reshaping IT and OT Networks

Chapter 10. Wireless Sensor Networks: The Internet of Things, and Industrial IoT

Chapter 11. Wireless Sensor Networks and Smart Connectivity

Chapter 12. Underwater Sensor Networking


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