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International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 725452, 10 pages
Research Article

A Method to Analyze the Effectiveness of the Holes Healing Scheme in Wireless Sensor Network

1Department of Electrical Engineering, Institute of Computer and Communication Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 70101, Taiwan
2Department of Electrical Engineering, Tung Fang Design University, Kaohsiung 82941, Taiwan
3Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Pingtung Institute of Commerce, Pingtung 90004, Taiwan

Received 3 August 2012; Accepted 27 December 2012

Academic Editor: Lei Zhang

Copyright © 2013 Fu-Tian Lin 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.


Because of the maturation of wireless technologies, the wireless sensor network has been used in various applications, especially in the environmental monitoring. After the nodes are deployed on the surveillance field, nodes will die due to the limited energy of the node or accidental events, inducing the coverage holes and the break of the transference path. To tackle this problem, researchers had proposed the rebuild network topology, such as adding Relay nodes. However, it costs a lot to build such a system. Therefore, in this paper, we would like to propose another method to tackle the dying nodes as well as the cost. Specifically, we propose a holes healing scheme. In order to check its feasibility, we use the analysis of mathematics to acquire the value of the parameters for the holes healing scheme. With the parameters, we could use the simulated result to prove the effectiveness of the scheme. The result shows that with the appropriate parameters we could confirm and extend the lifetime of WSN to infinity.