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makeSense: Easy Programming of Integrated Wireless Sensor\nNetworks

Project description


Engineering of Networked Monitoring and Control Systems
A new programming language for the deployment of wireless sensor networks

Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) are expected to play a critical role in the next computing revolution of cooperating objects and smart embedded devices, yet industry adoption is below expectations. makeSense will lower the barrier for using WSNs by simplifying programming and creating a direct, technical link to business processes. This will allow e.g. more intelligent facility or supply chain management, resulting in better insight, energy efficiency and comfort.
Currently, total cost of deployment of a sensor network is not dominated by hardware (a few 100 to a few 1,000 €) but by the cost of program¬ming an application that carries out the task of sensing (10,000s of €). This task requires highly skilled and paid embedded software engineers who know details of the used sensors and system platform. This also affects total cost of ownership as re-configuration requires the same skills. The tool chain developed by makeSense will reduce this need by providing a macro language that allows a skilled deve¬loper without explicit WSN knowledge to build such an application using a set of pre-defined abstractions. On top of this, makeSense will provide a modelling layer that allows business process modellers to effectively model processes that interact with the real world, as sensed by the WSN, with unprecedented integration.
By re-using concrete abstractions across scenarios, we expect the WSN development cost to be reduced by 50 %. Our approach requires some additional cost for process modelling, however overall, this could still reduce the cost compared to other systems currently used (such as SCADA) by around 30%.

By substantially reducing the cost of deployment and ownership of sensor networks, makeSense will help to make many applications economically feasible, that are beneficial for society and individuals that would not be available if their development was cumbersome and hence time-consuming and expensive, e.g. to implement energy saving in facility management or optimization of supply chains, leading to a greener, more competitive European economy.
While SAP expects to integrate the findings of makeSense in commercial tools for business process automation, ACCIONA will include makeSense technologies in their technology portfolio and expects to increase the amount of building projects by about 15% in 5 years.

Call for proposal

FP7-ICT-2009-5
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Coordinator

RISE SICS AB
Address
Po Box 1263
164 29 Kista
Sweden
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 535 695
Administrative Contact
Charlotta Jörsäter (Ms.)

Participants (4)

UNIVERSITAET zu LUEBECK
Germany
EU contribution
€ 223 980
Address
Ratzeburger Allee 160
23562 Lubeck
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kay Roemer (Prof.)
SAP SE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 607 997
Address
Dietmar Hopp Allee 16
69190 Walldorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stamatis Karnouskos (Mr.)
ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 106 000
Address
Avenida De Europa 18 Parque Empresarial
28108 Alcobendas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
MIGUEL ANGEL PARÍS TORRES (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 326 327
Address
Via Calepina 14
38122 Trento
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gian Pietro Picco (Prof.)