Efficient data management and control over WSNs using SDN-enabled aerial networks

Mohd Abuzar Sayeed, Rajesh Kumar*, Vishal Sharma

*Corresponding author for this work

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The recent developments in collaborative search, acquisition, and tracking have hoisted the geographical barrier. The network between unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and wireless sensor networks (WSNs) is one such collaboration, which comprises battery-powered static sensor nodes that act as sources and sinks and UAVs that act as relays. This collaborative network presents with opportunities and advantages, but at the same time, configuration of such networks is an arduous task. The WSN nodes are characterized by constant depleting power. Their network itself requires constant management and reconfiguration. These requisites can be slaked through the formation of an efficient data dissemination algorithm, which acclimates according to the network state. Considering this, a data dissemination approach is presented in this paper, which constructs a virtual topology predicated on the charge of WSN nodes utilizing software-defined networks (SDNs) through UAVs. The topology is constantly monitored and reconfigured when required. The aerial nodes are equipped with multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) antennas in order to facilitate simultaneous communication with the ground nodes, the base station, and the SDN controller. An efficient sleep timer and backoff counter strategies are also utilized by the proposed approach. The SDN controller facilitates the topology formation and maintenance of a sleep timer and a backoff counter. The proposed model is compared with clustered hierarchical layouts and hexagonal cell layouts through the network simulations. The results suggest significant improvements in the proposed model for various metrics, such as lifetime, delay, latency, delivery ratio, and throughput in comparison with the existing solutions.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere4170
JournalInternational Journal of Communication Systems
Issue number1
Early online date29 Aug 2019
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • aerial networks
  • data dissemination
  • FANETs
  • SDN
  • UAVs
  • WSNs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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