A Static Multi-hop Underwater Wireless Sensor Network Using RF Electromagnetic Communications

Xianhui Che, Ian Wells, Paul Kear, Gordon Dickers

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    Most underwater sensor networks choose acoustics as the medium for wireless transmission. However, electromagnetic waves also offer great merits for transmission in special underwater environment. A small scale wireless sensor network is deployed using electromagnetic waves with a multi-hop static topology under shallow water conditions where there is a high level of sediment and aeration in the water column. Data delivery is scheduled via daily cycles of sleeping and waking up to transmit. Due to the unique features of the network, ad-hoc on-demand distance vector (AODV) is chosen as the routing protocol. Modeling and simulations are conducted to evaluate network performance in terms of failure tolerance, congestion handling, and optimal grid arrangements. The results demonstrate the likely effectiveness of the designated network for this and similar scenarios.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProcs 29th IEEE Int Conf on Distributed Computing Systems Workshops, 2009
    Subtitle of host publicationICDCS Workshops '09
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    Pages460 - 463
    ISBN (Electronic)978-0-7695-3660-6
    ISBN (Print)978-0-7695-3660-6
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009


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