Deployment Techniques for Sensor Networks

Jan Beutel, Kay Römer, Matthias Ringwald, Matthias Woehrle


The prominent visions of wireless sensor networks that appeared about a decade ago have spurred enormous efforts in research and development of this new class of wireless networked embedded systems. Despite the significant effort made, successful deployments and real-world applications of sensor networks are still scarce, labor-intensive and often cumbersome to achieve. In this article, we survey prominent examples of sensor network deployments, in particular for environmental monitoring applications, their interaction with the real world and classify a number of potential causes for errors and common pitfalls. In the second half of this work, we present methods and tools to be used to detect failures, identify and understand root causes. These instrumentation techniques and analysis tools are specifically designed or adapted for the analysis of distributed networked embedded systems at the level of components, sensor nodes, and networks of nodes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSensor Networks: Where Theory Meets Practice
EditorsGianluigi Ferrari
Number of pages30
Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date30.10.2009
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-01340-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-01341-6
Publication statusPublished - 30.10.2009


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