Sensor Analysis and Selection for Open Space WSN Security Applications

  • Maria Charalampidou Democritus University of Thrace
  • George Pavlidis Institute for Language and Speech Processing, Institute / 'Athena' Research Center
  • Spyridon Mouroutsos Democritus University of Thrace
Keywords: Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN), Sensor Selection, Ultrasonic Sensor, Motion Sensor, Vibration Sensor, Security, Intruder Detection, Decision Making, Sensors, Sensor Networks, Sensor Nodes, Policies, Security Applications, Surveillance Systems


The necessity to tackle the increasing common concern about safety issues, urges the scientific community to come up with the development of innovative intruder detection and early warning security systems. One of the most effective technological solutions is provided by the application of WSNs. In this endeavor, most solutions have already adopted supercomputers and other computer resource systems to process the enormous amount of data. Alternatively to this approach, simpler and more easily implementable solutions, such as the WSNmod method (previously published by our research group), are already being put to use. In particular, WSNmod is based on three key elements, the categorization of sensor inputs, the quantization of the inputs and a time-window processing. WSNmod was introduced as an advanced intrusion detection system that focused on the minimization of the false positive alerts. Building on the idea of WSNmod, in this paper we focus, identify and quantify measurable parameters that influence the detection reliability. In addition, the very promising test results of the method and the security system are presented in a range of environmental conditions.

Author Biographies

Maria Charalampidou, Democritus University of Thrace
Maria Charalampidou is a PhD candidate at the Electrical and Computer Engineering of Polytechnic School of Xanthi, Greece of the Democritus University of Thrace (DUTh). She received her diploma (2010) and master degree (2012) from the same university in power electronics and mechatronics, respectively. Her current field of research is in the field of wireless sensor networks and decision making algorithms. She is also interested in sensor measurements, robotics and mathematics.
George Pavlidis, Institute for Language and Speech Processing, Institute / 'Athena' Research Center
Dr. Pavlidis received his PhD in Electrical Engineering, earning the distinction of the Ericsson Awards of Excellence in Telecommunications. He has been working for numerous R&D projects with emphasis on multimedia systems in culture and education. In 2002 he joined the ‘Athena’ Research Center, where he is now a research director, head of the Multimedia Research Group and head of research at ‘Clepsydra’ Cultural Heritage Digitization Center. His research interests involve 2D/3D imaging, CBIR, multimedia technologies, human-computer interaction, intelligent user interfaces, multi-sensory environments and ambient intelligence, 3D digitization and reconstruction, 3D-GIS and mixed/augmented/virtual reality. Dr. Pavlidis is a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece, of the Hellenic Researchers' Association, a senior member of the IEEE, and a founding member of the ‘Athena’ Research Center’s Researchers’ Association.
Spyridon Mouroutsos, Democritus University of Thrace
Dr. Spyridon G. Mouroutsos is a Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Special Engineering at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Democritus University of Thrace. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Department of Manufacturing Engineering, Salford University, UK and an adjunct Professor at the Departments of Environmental Engineering, Pro- duction and Management Engineering and Architectural Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, having taught Automation of Energy Systems, Technology of Measurement Systems, CAD Systems, Standards & Standardization and Technical Drawing & Systems Design. He has been an expert at FP7-NMP. Prof. Mouroutsos holds a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from DUTH (1981) and a Ph.D. from the same University (1986). EU and National sources have funded his research and he has been involved, for more than 20 years, in all aspects of R&D projects, taking up tech- nical development, technical management and co-ordination, in fields including Mechatronics and Systems Automation, Wireless Sensing, Educational Technology and Applied Mobile Computing. He has been a Referee, Committee Member, Member of the Editorial Board for International Sci- entific and Technical Journals and Conferences, and has been evaluator for National and EU re- search grant applications. Prof. Mouroutsos is the author of numerous books and book chapters primarily for educational and lifelong learning purposes, and is involved in more than 90 publica- tions in refereed journals and technical proceedings. He is a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece. He has a long experience in the private sector as he has cooperated with Motor Oil, DI- ANA Papermill, the Hellenic Productivity Center, SEKAP tobacco industry, Livanis Publishing- Multimedia Electronic Editions and more. He is a member of the Technical Council on mechanical projects and studies of the Region of East Macedonia –Thrace, an expert evaluator for the Nation- al Accreditation System SA (E.SY.D.) ELOT EN ISO / IEC 17020, and an expert evaluator of E.SY.D. for product certification bodies and inspection, an expert in new approach directives of the EU Council, an expert in the analysis of requirements of standard EN 45011 and of the design and inspections according to ELOT EN ISO 19011. He is a lead inspector of quality under ISO 9001:2008. He has been a technical consultant for several private and public bodies. Prof. Mouroutsos is also the President of the Association of Attica Lagadians, the Editor & Publisher of monthly newspaper "echo of Lagadia", has been a Member of the Consultation Committee of the Municipality of Gortynia, member of the Board of the Association of Attica Lagadians, and member of the Board of the Association of Faculty Members of the Polytechnic School of Democritus Uni- versity of Thrace.


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How to Cite
Charalampidou, M., Pavlidis, G., & Mouroutsos, S. (2018). Sensor Analysis and Selection for Open Space WSN Security Applications. Majlesi Journal of Electrical Engineering, 13(1), 95-108. Retrieved from