Wireless Sensor Network ( Wsn )

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A wireless sensor network (WSN) consists of hundreds to thousands of low-power multi-functional sensor nodes, operating in an unattended environment, and having sensing, computation and communication capabilities. The basic components [1] of a node are a sensor unit, an ADC (Analog to Digital Converter), a CPU (Central processing unit), a power unit and a OPEN ACCESS Sensors 2010, 10 10507 communication unit. Sensor nodes are micro-electro-mechanical systems [2] (MEMS) that produce a measurable response to a change in some physical condition like temperature and pressure. Sensor nodes sense or measure physical data of the area to be monitored. The continual analog signal sensed by the sensors is digitized by an analog-to-digital converter and sent to controllers for further processing. Sensor nodes are of very small size, consume extremely low energy, are operated in high volumetric densities, and can be autonomous and adaptive to the environment. The spatial density of sensor nodes in the field may be as high as 20 nodes/m3 .As wireless sensor nodes are typically very small electronic devices, they can only be equipped with a limited power source [3]. Each sensor node has a certain area of coverage for which it can reliably and accurately report the particular quantity that it is observing. Several sources of power consumption in sensors are: (a) signal sampling and conversion of physical signals to electrical ones; (b) signal conditioning, and (c) analog-to-digital

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