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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 4158735, 13 pages
Research Article

On the Exploration of Adaptive Mechanisms Providing Reliability in Clustered WSNs for Power Plant Monitoring

1Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600025, India
2Department of Computer Science, University College of Engineering, Tindivanam, Tamil Nadu 604001, India
3Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, PRIST University, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu 613403, India

Received 16 October 2015; Accepted 9 December 2015

Academic Editor: Kyung Sup Kwak

Copyright © 2016 Sathiyaseelan Rathinavel 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.


Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are used in almost every sensing and detection environment instead of wired devices in the current world, all the more in power plant monitoring applications. In such a kind of environment, providing reliability is a challenging task, since WSN makes use of low powered sensors. There are many existing works that provide reliable transmission in WSN (predominantly via multipath routing). However, most of the existing works take additional delay, excessive packet loss, and energy consumption, and hence they provide less packet delivery and throughput. Adaptive Priority Routing (APR) is first proposed during the initial design to provide efficiency in next hop selection. APR computes the priority value for selecting the intermediate nodes during the data transmission in order to improve the packet delivery, throughput, and energy efficiency. In addition to this, APR is developed into QAPR protocol to provide reliability which can operate in two modes, representing distance mode and representing quality of service (QoS) mode. The proposed work is simulated in both flat topology and hierarchical topologies and the simulation analysis shows that the reliability is increased significantly in comparison with existing works.