Power saving is a critical issue in wireless sensor networks (WSNs) since sensor nodes are powered by batteries which cannot be generally changed or recharged. As radio communication is often the main cause of energy consumption, extension of sensor node lifetime is generally achieved by reducing transmissions/receptions of data, for instance through data compression. Exploiting the natural correlation that exists in data typically collected by WSNs and the principles of entropy compression, in this Letter we propose a simple and efficient data compression algorithm particularly suited to be used on available commercial nodes of a WSN, where energy, memory and computational resources are very limited. Some experimental results and comparisons with, to the best of our knowledge, the only lossless compression algorithm previously proposed in the literature to be embedded in sensor nodes and with two well known compression algorithms are shown and discussed.

A simple algorithm for data compression in wireless sensor networks

VECCHIO, MASSIMO
2008-01-01

Abstract

Power saving is a critical issue in wireless sensor networks (WSNs) since sensor nodes are powered by batteries which cannot be generally changed or recharged. As radio communication is often the main cause of energy consumption, extension of sensor node lifetime is generally achieved by reducing transmissions/receptions of data, for instance through data compression. Exploiting the natural correlation that exists in data typically collected by WSNs and the principles of entropy compression, in this Letter we propose a simple and efficient data compression algorithm particularly suited to be used on available commercial nodes of a WSN, where energy, memory and computational resources are very limited. Some experimental results and comparisons with, to the best of our knowledge, the only lossless compression algorithm previously proposed in the literature to be embedded in sensor nodes and with two well known compression algorithms are shown and discussed.
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