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Authors: Jan Beutel, Bernhard Buchli, Federico Ferrari, Matthias Keller, Lothar Thiele, Marco Zimmerling
Group: Computer Engineering
Type: Inproceedings
Title: X-Sense: Sensing in Extreme Environments
Year: 2011
Month: March
Pub-Key: BBFKTZ2011
Book Titel: Proceedings of Design, Automation and Test in Europe (DATE 2011)
Pages: 1460-1465
Keywords: SN
Abstract: The field of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) is now in a stage where serious applications of societal and economical importance are in reach. For example, it is well- known that the global climate change dramatically influences the visual appearance of mountain areas like the European Alps. Very destructive geological processes are triggered or intensified, affecting the stability of slopes and possibly inducing landslides. Up to now, however, the interactions between these complex processes are poorly understood. To significantly advance the knowledge of these interactions, we advocate the use of wireless sensing technology as a new scientific instrument for environmental monitoring under extreme conditions. Large spatio-temporal variations in temperature and humidity, mechanical forces, snow and ice coverage, and unattended operation play a crucial role in long-term, high-altitude deployments. Despite these challenges, we argue that in order to reach the set out goals it is inevitable that WSNs be created as a high-quality scientific instrument with known and predictable properties, rather than as a research toy delivering average observations at best. In this paper, we present key techniques for achieving highly reliable, yet resource-efficient WSNs based on our longstanding experience with productive WSNs measuring permafrost processes in the Swiss Alps.
Location: Grenoble, France
Resources: [BibTeX] [Paper as PDF]

 

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