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Real-time Data Management on Wireless Sensor Network: a Survey

Diallo, O. ; Rodrigues, J. R. ; Sene, M. Sene

Journal of Network and Computer Applications Vol. 35, Nº 3, pp. 1013 - 1021, May, 2012.

ISSN (print): 1095-8592
ISSN (online): 1084-8045

Journal Impact Factor: 2,229 (in 2014)

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In the recent past, search in sensor systems focused on node hardware constraints and very limited energy resources. But nowadays, that new applications need data processing with temporal constraints in their tasks; then one of the new challenges faced by wireless sensor networks (WSNs) is handling real-time storage and querying the data they process. Two main approaches to storage and querying data are generally considered warehousing and distributed. The warehousing approach stores data in a central database and then queries may be performed to it. In a distributed approach, sensor devices are considered as local databases and data are managed locally. The data collected by sensors must represent the current state of the environment; for this reason they are subject to logic and time constraints. Then, this paper identifies the main specifications of real-time data management and presents the available real-time data management solutions for WSNs, in order to discuss them and identify some open issues and provide guidelines for further contributions.