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International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 126327, 10 pages
Research Article

Secure Actor Directed Localization in Wireless Sensor and Actor Networks

1Institute of Management Sciences, Peshawar, Pakistan
2E&ME College, National University of Science and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan
3COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan

Received 25 January 2013; Accepted 12 April 2013

Academic Editor: Muhammad Khurram Khan

Copyright © 2013 Tamleek Ali et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Wireless sensor and actor networks are fully automated. Actor nodes are inducted to communicate with sensor nodes directly and reduce the communication delay caused by base station or sink nodes. Sometimes, the actor node is directly accessible without the involvement of any control room. The actor node is responsible for taking a prompt action against the reported event by a sensor node. For secure communication, it is essential that sensor and actor nodes be aware of their existing location and the data must be encrypted before transmission. Due to energy constraints, secure localization in wireless sensor networks is a hot issue. To date, the researchers have proposed many approaches for localization of sensor nodes in the network. In this paper, we provide new insights for secure actor directed localization technique in wireless sensor and actor networks. A secure connectivity based localization (CBL) approach for sensor and actor nodes localization is presented. The proposed approach helps to locate a sensor node efficiently and effectively. We have also decreased the possibility of attacks and the registration of attacker nodes with other legitimate nodes in the network. The proposed technique prevents man-in-the-middle attacks and securely delivers data to the destination.