Analysis of target detection probability in randomly deployed sensor networks

Onur E., Ersoy C., Delic H.

IEEE COMMUNICATIONS LETTERS, vol.11, pp.778-780, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/lcomm.2007.070780
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.778-780
  • Keywords: sensor networks, deployment quality, probability of detection, sensing range
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: No


The main functionality of a surveillance wireless sensor network is to detect unauthorized traversals in a field. In this paper, we develop a formulation to determine the probability of detecting a randomly positioned target by a set of binary sensors to serve as the deployment quality measure. This formulation leads to a recipe to determine the number of sensors required to deliver a certain deployment quality level. The sensing- and communication-neighbor degrees which can be used as design criteria in a sensor network are defined and calculated. The model. is verified by simulations whose outcomes closely match the analytical results.