Connectivity Analysis for Sensor Networks

The CoMan component is used to simulate the connectivity analysis of wireless sensor networks, where sensors pass information from one to another.

There are three stages in a wireless sensor networks connectivity analysis:
  1. Distribution
    The sensors are distributed in their environment. For example, the sensors are deployed in a deterministic way in an industrial area or in a deterministic or stochastic way in a mountainous area.
  2. Propagation
    The path losses between pairs of sensors are determined.
  3. Connectivity
    The best routes from every sensor via other sensors to the central information gateway.
Results include a matrix of point-to-point predictions and a map of optimum information flow.

Figure 1. Example: map of optimum information flow for sensors in a petrochemical plant.