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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 816549, 13 pages
Research Article

A Complete Hierarchical Key Management Scheme for Heterogeneous Wireless Sensor Networks

1School of Computer Science and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School, Shenzhen 518055, China
2Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Internet Information Collaboration, Shenzhen 518055, China

Received 28 February 2014; Accepted 26 March 2014; Published 10 April 2014

Academic Editors: T. Cao, M. Ivanovic, and F. Yu

Copyright © 2014 Chien-Ming Chen 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.


Heterogeneous cluster-based wireless sensor networks (WSN) attracted increasing attention recently. Obviously, the clustering makes the entire networks hierarchical; thus, several kinds of keys are required for hierarchical network topology. However, most existing key management schemes for it place more emphasis on pairwise key management schemes or key predistribution schemes and neglect the property of hierarchy. In this paper, we propose a complete hierarchical key management scheme which only utilizes symmetric cryptographic algorithms and low cost operations for heterogeneous cluster-based WSN. Our scheme considers four kinds of keys, which are an individual key, a cluster key, a master key, and pairwise keys, for each sensor node. Finally, the analysis and experiments demonstrate that the proposed scheme is secure and efficient; thus, it is suitable for heterogeneous cluster-based WSN.