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Object Tracking in Wireless Sensor Networks: Challenges and Solutions

Shereen Ismail1, Eman Alkhader2 and Said Elnaffar1
  • 1 American University of Ras Al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
  • 2 University of Jordan, Jordan


Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are small, inexpensive and battery-operated sensor nodes that are deployed over a geographical area. WSNs are used in many applications such border patrolling, military intrusion detection, wildlife animal monitoring, surveillance of natural disasters and healthcare systems. Mobile object tracking is a vital task in all these applications. The goal of this work is to highlight the most important challenges in the field of object tracking and provide a survey of the WSN architectural design and implementation approaches for tackling this problem. To that end, we analyze how each approach responds to each challenge and where it falls short. This analysis should provide researchers with a state-of-the-art review and inspire them to propose novel solutions.

Journal of Computer Science
Volume 12 No. 4, 2016, 201-212


Submitted On: 3 October 2015 Published On: 1 May 2016

How to Cite: Ismail, S., Alkhader, E. & Elnaffar, S. (2016). Object Tracking in Wireless Sensor Networks: Challenges and Solutions. Journal of Computer Science, 12(4), 201-212.

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  • Object Tracking Survey
  • Challenges
  • Architectures
  • Approaches Design Issues