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Journal of Information Science and Engineering, Vol. 26 No. 2, pp. 443-460 (March 2010)

Dynamic Addressing in Wireless Sensor Networks without Location Awareness*

R. C. DOSS, D. CHANDRA, L. PAN, W. ZHOU AND M. U. CHOWDHURY
School of Information Technology
Deakin University
Victoria 3125, Australia
E-mail: robin.doss@deakin.edu.au

Sensor Networks have applications in diverse fields. They can be deployed for habitat modeling, temperature monitoring and industrial sensing. They also find applications in battlefield awareness and emergency (first) response situations. While unique addressing is not a requirement of many data collecting applications of wireless sensor networks, it is vital for the success of applications such as emergency response. Data that cannot be associated with a specific node becomes useless in such situations. In this work we propose a novel dynamic addressing mechanism for wireless sensor networks that are not location-aware. The scheme enables successful reuse of addresses in event-driven wireless sensor networks introducing minimal latencies and efficiently addressing packet loss. It also eliminates the need for network-wide Duplicate Address Detection (DAD) to ensure uniqueness of network level addresses.

Keywords: wireless sensors, system design, simulations, network measurements, addressing

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Received April 9, 2008; accepted September 11, 2008.
Communicated by Yu-Chee Tseng.