Towards Sensor Database Systems

Philippe Bonnet, Johannes Gehrke, Praveen Seshadri

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Sensor networks are being widely deployed for measurement, detection and surveillance applications. In these new applications, users issue long-running queries over a combination of stored data and sensor data. Most existing applications rely on a centralized system for collecting sensor data. These systems lack flexibility because data is extracted in a predefined way; also, they do not scale to a large number of devices because large volumes of raw data are transferred regardless of the queries that are submitted. In our new concept of sensor database system, queries dictate which data is extracted from the sensors. In this paper, we define the concept of sensor databases mixing stored data represented as relations and sensor data represented as time series. Each long-running query formulated over a sensor database defines a persistent view, which is maintained during a given time interval. We also describe the design and implementation of the COUGAR sensor database system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards Sensor Database Systems
EditorsKian-Lee Tan, Michael Franklin, John Lui
Number of pages12
Publication date2001
ISBN (Print)9783540414544
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • cornell
  • time_series
  • wsn
  • WSN
  • data-centric
  • dbms
  • ordbms
  • sensor_database
  • sensors
  • sensor
  • predator
  • sensor data management
  • toread
  • Continuous query processing


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