Dense environmental monitoring through wireless sensor motes (VARIMOS)

Funding: Spanish Ministry of Industry

Principal Investigator: Prof. Baltasar Beferull-Lozano

Topic: The context of the project VARIMOS is the creation of a wireless networks sensors for environmental monitoring. These types of networks present a number of challenges given the processing, storage, power and communication constraints, largely due to a lack of synchronization of the devices, efficient protocols of medium access and optimal routing algorithms, as well as the lack of cooperation techniques between the motes for carrying out a joint or coordinated, adaptive and self-organized activity. The deployment of these types of dense distributed sensor networks offers many advantages (self-organising networks, with great robustness, diversity, scalability, and higher spatial density of measure) over traditional centralized systems and is potentially very useful for important applications for society, specifically for environmental monitoring. These networks have opened the doors to new environmental monitoring methods, characterized by a high density of spatial sampling, since for its characteristics the motes can easily be distributed in any environment (urban, forest, domestic, etc.). Moreover, optimization aspects from data processing and sampled measures are included, given the correlation between monitored variables, within the network itself, as well as the post-processing to infer, to store and to study meteorological behaviors, storing long time series with great spatial density for confirming meteorological simulation results.

Role: Leader of WP related to design of adaptive medium-access and routing protocols

Period: 2009 – 2011