Wireless sensor networks consists of spatially distributed autonomous sensors to cooperatively monitor physical or environmental conditions, such as temperature, sound, vibration, pressure, motion or pollutants. There are various applications for wireless sensor networks including monitoring, tracking or controlling (e.g. habitat monitoring, object tracking, nuclear reactor control, fire detection, traffic monitoring,...).
An add-on to the WinProp suite allows the simulation of the the reliability and connectivity in wireless MESH and sensor networks, the system simulator included in this add-on allows the modeling of arbitrary wireless sensor network topologies in different scenarios (rural, urban, indoor, tunnels,...).
In the frame of the PLATON project, a three step concept has been developed. The so called DPC concept is based on the following steps:
STEP D: Distribution of sensor nodes (either stochastic or deterministic, depending on scenario and application)
STEP P: Path loss computation between sensor nodes
STEP C: Connectivity analysis
Distribution of nodes
Path loss computation
Analysis of connectivity