Academy & Industry Research Collaboration Center (AIRCC)

Volume 10, Number 09, July 2020

Wireless Sensor Networks Simulators and Testbeds


Souhila Silmi1,2, Zouina Doukha1, Rebiha Kemcha2,3, Samira Moussaoui1, 1USTHB University, Algeria, 2Higher Normal School Elbachir Elibrahimi-Kouba, Algeria, 3University of Boumerdes, Algeria


Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) have emerged as one of the most promising technologies for the current era. Researchers have studied them for several years ago, but more work still needed to be made since open opportunities to integrate new technologies are added to this field. One challenging task is WSN deployment. Yet, this is done by real deployment with testbeds platforms or by simulation tools when real deployment could be costly and timeconsuming. In this paper, we review the implementation and evaluation process in WSNs. We then describe relevant testbeds and simulation tools, and their features. Lastly, we conduct an experimentation study using these testbeds and simulations to highlight their pro and cons. As a use case, we implement a localization protocol. This work gives clarity to future-work for better implementation in order to improve reliability, accuracy and time consumed.


Wireless Sensor Network, Testbeds, Simulation Tools, Localization Protocol.