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Wireless sensor Networks with self-organization capabilities for critical and emergency applications

Objective

The major problems in designing sensor networks are the high reliability required to the whole system, to be contrasted with the potential unreliability of the single sensor, and the possibility of congestions around the sink nodes that could prevent critical information to reach the control centres at the right time. The key idea of WINSOC is the development of a totally innovative design methodology, where the high accuracy and reliability of the whole network is achieved by introducing a suitable coupling among adjacent, low cost, sensors, that gives rise to distributed decisions, much more accurate than that of each single sensor, without the need for sending all data to a fusion centre. The whole network is hierarchical and composed of two layers: a lower layer, composed of low cost sensors, responsible for gathering information from the environment and producing locally reliable decisions thanks to proper interaction among the nodes, and an upper layer, composed of more sophisticated nodes, whose goal is to convey the information to the control centres.

The local interaction among the low cost sensors is the key point that increases the overall reliability and provides scalability and fault tolerance. Thanks to its distributed processing capabilities, the risk of having a congestion around the control nodes is strongly reduced. Building on this idea, the consortium has put together expertise from big companies, academies, research centres, end-users and SME's, to create a strong synergism between academic world, industries and end-users. The primary goals of WINSOC are to develop an innovative general purpose sensor network architecture having the distributed processing capabilities described above and to test applications on environmental risk management, with focus on landslides detection, gas leakage detection and large scale temperature field monitoring.

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

SELEX COMMUNICATIONS SPA
Address
Via Raffaele Pieragostini, 80
16151 Genova
Italy

Participants (10)

AMRITA VISHWA VIDYAPEETHAM
India
Address
Ettimadai
641 105 Coimbatore
ANTRIX CORPORATION LIMITED
India
Address
Anthariksh Bhavan, Near New Bel Road
560 094 Bangalore
CESKE CENTRUM PRO VEDU A SPOLECNOST
Czechia
Address
Radlicka 28/663
150 00 Praha
COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE
France
Address
Batiment Le Ponant D, 25 Rue Leblanc
75015 Paris Cedex 15
DUNE S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Via Tracia 4
00183 Roma
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Address
Station 1, Batiment Ce
1015 Lausanne
INTRACOM S.A. TELECOM SOLUTIONS
Greece
Address
19,7 Km Markopoulou Ave
19002 Peania Attica
SAPIENZA SL
Spain
Address
Calle Julio Palacios 11
28029 Madrid
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA "LA SAPIENZA"
Italy
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
Address
Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona