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International Scholarly Research Notices
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 798934, 9 pages
Research Article

Zone-Based Routing Protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks

1Department of Mathematical and Computational Sciences, National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Mangalore 575025, India
2Department of Computer Science and Engineering, National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Mangalore 575025, India

Received 17 June 2014; Accepted 20 October 2014; Published 18 November 2014

Academic Editor: Hyunsung Kim

Copyright © 2014 Muni Venkateswarlu Kumaramangalam 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.


Extensive research happening across the globe witnessed the importance of Wireless Sensor Network in the present day application world. In the recent past, various routing algorithms have been proposed to elevate WSN network lifetime. Clustering mechanism is highly successful in conserving energy resources for network activities and has become promising field for researches. However, the problem of unbalanced energy consumption is still open because the cluster head activities are tightly coupled with role and location of a particular node in the network. Several unequal clustering algorithms are proposed to solve this wireless sensor network multihop hot spot problem. Current unequal clustering mechanisms consider only intra- and intercluster communication cost. Proper organization of wireless sensor network into clusters enables efficient utilization of limited resources and enhances lifetime of deployed sensor nodes. This paper considers a novel network organization scheme, energy-efficient edge-based network partitioning scheme, to organize sensor nodes into clusters of equal size. Also, it proposes a cluster-based routing algorithm, called zone-based routing protocol (ZBRP), for elevating sensor network lifetime. Experimental results show that ZBRP out-performs interims of network lifetime and energy conservation with its uniform energy consumption among the cluster heads.