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Journal of Sensors
Volume 2013, Article ID 469824, 11 pages
Review Article

Routing Protocols for Wireless Multimedia Sensor Network: A Survey

Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University Technology Malaysia, 81310 Johor Bahru, Johor Darul Ta’zim, Malaysia

Received 17 May 2013; Accepted 3 November 2013

Academic Editor: Christos Riziotis

Copyright © 2013 Mohammed Abazeed 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.


Multimedia applications have become an essential part of our daily lives, and their use is flourishing day by day. The area of wireless sensor network is not an exception where the multimedia sensors are attracting the attention of the researchers increasingly, and it has shifted the focus from traditional scalar sensors to sensors equipped with multimedia devices. The multimedia sensors have the ability to capture video, image, audio, and scalar sensor data and deliver the multimedia content through sensors network. Due to the resource constraints nature of WSN introducing multimedia will add more challenges, so the protocols designed for multimedia wireless sensor network should be aware of the resource constraints nature of WSN and multimedia transmission requirement. This paper discusses the design challenges of routing protocols proposed for WMSN. A survey and comprehensive discussion are given for proposed protocols of WMSN followed by their limitations and features.