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International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 796248, 11 pages
Research Article

Wireless Sensor Networks for Smart Grid Applications: A Case Study on Link Reliability and Node Lifetime Evaluations in Power Distribution Systems

1Department of Computer Programming, Trakya University, 22020 Edirne, Turkey
2Department of Computer Engineering, Bahçeşehir University, 34353 Istanbul, Turkey
3Department of Control and Automation Engineering, Yildiz Technical University, 34220 Istanbul, Turkey

Received 7 October 2012; Revised 15 January 2013; Accepted 16 January 2013

Academic Editor: Yunghsiang S. Han

Copyright © 2013 Gurkan Tuna 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.


Recent advances in embedded systems and wireless sensor networks (WSNs) made it possible to realize low-cost monitoring and automation systems for smart grids. This paper presents opportunities and design challenges of WSNs for smart grid applications. WSN-based smart grid applications have been introduced, and some WSN standards and communication protocols have been discussed for smart grid applications. Importantly, node lifetime and link reliability in wireless sensor networking for smart grid applications have been evaluated through case studies based on field tests in electric power system environments.