Swarm-intelligence-based communication protocols for wireless sensor networks: Critical Developments and Applications of Swarm Intelligence

L.K. Ketshabetswe, A.M. Zungeru, J.M. Chuma, M. Mangwala

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Social insect communities are formed from simple, autonomous, and cooperative organisms that are interdependent for their survival. These communities are able to effectively coordinate themselves to achieve global objectives despite a lack of centralized planning, and the behaviour is referred to as swarm intelligence. This chapter presents a study of communication protocols for wireless sensor networks utilizing nature-inspired systems: social insect-based communities and natural creatures. Three types of insects are used for discussion: ants, termites, and bees. In addition, a study of the social foraging behavior of spider monkeys is presented. The performances of these swarm-intelligence-based algorithms were tested on common routing scenarios. The results were compared with other routing algorithms with varying network density and showed that swarm-intelligence-based routing techniques improved on network energy consumption with a control over best-effort service. The results were strengthened with a model of termite-hill routing algorithm for WSN. © 2018, IGI Global.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCritical Developments and Applications of Swarm Intelligence
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9781522551355
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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