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ISRN Sensor Networks
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 389451, 9 pages
Research Article

Capacity of Data Collection in Wireless Sensor Networks Based on Mutual Information and MMSE Estimation

Graduate School of Science and Technology, Keio University, 3-14-1 Hiyoshi, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama 223-8522, Japan

Received 4 December 2013; Accepted 30 December 2013; Published 17 February 2014

Academic Editors: T.-S. Chen, J. Li, and Y. Yu

Copyright © 2014 Ajib Setyo Arifin and Tomoaki Ohtsuki. 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.


We investigate the properties of data collection in wireless sensor networks, in terms of both capacity and power allocation strategy. We consider a scenario in which a number of sensors observe a target being estimated at fusion center (FC) using minimum mean-square error (MMSE) estimator. Based on the relationship between mutual information and MMSE (I-MMSE), the capacity of data collection in coherent and orthogonal multiple access channel (MAC) models is derived. Considering power constraint, the capacity is derived under two scenarios: equal power allocation and optimal power allocation of both models. We provide the upper bound of capacity as a benchmark. In particular, we show that the capacity of data collection scales as Θ((1/2)log ) when the number of sensors L grows to infinity. We show through simulation results that for both coherent and orthogonal MAC models, the capacity of the optimal power is larger than that of the equal power. We also show that the capacity of coherent MAC is larger than that of orthogonal MAC, particularly when the number of sensors L is large and the total power P is fixed.