Sensor network architectures for monitoring underwater pipelines

Nader Mohamed, Imad Jawhar, Jameela Al-Jaroodi, Liren Zhang

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    This paper develops and compares different sensor network architecture designs that can be used for monitoring underwater pipeline infrastructures. These architectures are underwater wired sensor networks, underwater acoustic wireless sensor networks, RF (Radio Frequency) wireless sensor networks, integrated wired/acoustic wireless sensor networks, and integrated wired/RF wireless sensor networks. The paper also discusses the reliability challenges and enhancement approaches for these network architectures. The reliability evaluation, characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages among these architectures are discussed and compared. Three reliability factors are used for the discussion and comparison: the network connectivity, the continuity of power supply for the network, and the physical network security. In addition, the paper also develops and evaluates a hierarchical sensor network framework for underwater pipeline monitoring.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)10738-10764
    Number of pages27
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011


    • Reliable network architectures
    • Underwater acoustic wireless sensor networks
    • Underwater pipelines monitoring
    • Wireless sensor networks

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Analytical Chemistry
    • Biochemistry
    • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
    • Instrumentation
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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