Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science


Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) have been employed in numerous military and civilian applications. Some application areas are in battlefield, surveillance, biological detection, and environmental monitoring. A major challenge to such applications is the sensor areacoverage (SAC), which refers to the techniques and mechanisms of placing sensors and their coordination in a mission space (field) to monitor the physical environment in such a way to achieve the application coverage objectives. This thesis develops a sensor area coverage package (SACPac) that simulates some selected coverage algorithms and their enhancements, and analyzes their performance parameters under various scenarios. The performance parameters considered include coverage ratio, resiliency of the field coverage against sensor failures, energy efficiency, and security of communication among sensors. The thesis also develops a prototype of communication for sending the position of an object via a mobile device to the server on which SACPac runs, so that the object trajectory can be displayed. SACPac provides the foundation for further enhancements and future research. It can also be used as an educational tool for those interested in the SAC problem.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Computer Science and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Science University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 2013 Ali Rezaeian.

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