The practical importance of sensor networks is continuously increasing; from air-pollution monitoring to forest-fire detection, from agriculture to battlefield communication, sensor networks are now part of many dimensions of society. Furthermore, we live in a world where sensors integrated in smart objects and smart phones are increasingly pervasive. The use of such sensors as if they were sensor network infrastructures (towards what we call Social Networks of Sensors'', or SNoS) may be very fruitful and economically advantageous. However, it also introduces some new research challenges, one of which relates to understanding the potential impact of social mobility patterns---for sensors integrated into the performances of sensor infrastructures. This paper delves into such issue and analyses how the presence of mobile sensors moving according to social mobility patterns can impact the performances of fixed sensor network infrastructures and their design choices. Simulation results show that such integration can lead to increased efficiency of the integrated SNoS infrastructure for both sensing coverage and data delivery.
Using Patterns of Social Dynamics in the Design of Social Networks of Sensors / Tomasini, Marcello; R., Menezes; Zambonelli, Franco. - ELETTRONICO. - (2013), pp. 685-692. (Intervento presentato al convegno 2013 IEEE International Conference on the Internet of Things tenutosi a Bejing, China nel August 2013) [10.1109/GreenCom-iThings-CPSCom.2013.125].