Maximizing barrier coverage lifetime with mobile sensors

Amotz Bar-Noy, Dror Rawitz, Peter Terlecky

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Sensor networks are ubiquitously used for detection and tracking and as a result covering is one of the main tasks of such networks. We study the problem of maximizing the coverage lifetime of a barrier by mobile sensors with limited battery powers, where the coverage lifetime is the time until there is a breakdown in coverage due to the death of a sensor. Sensors are first deployed and then coverage commences. Energy is consumed in proportion to the distance traveled for mobility, while for coverage, energy is consumed in direct proportion to the radius of the sensor raised to a constant exponent. We study two variants which are distinguished by whether the sensing radii are given as part of the input or can be optimized, the fixed radii problem and the variable radii problem. We design parametric search algorithms for both problems for the case where the final order of the sensors is predetermined and for the case where sensors are initially located at barrier endpoints. In contrast, we show that the variable radii problem is strongly NP-hard and provide hardness of approximation results for fixed radii for the case where all the sensors are initially co-located at an internal point of the barrier.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAlgorithms, ESA 2013 - 21st Annual European Symposium, Proceedings
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event21st Annual European Symposium on Algorithms, ESA 2013 - Sophia Antipolis, France
Duration: 2 Sep 20134 Sep 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume8125 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference21st Annual European Symposium on Algorithms, ESA 2013
CitySophia Antipolis


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