– WISEN Industry Lead Research Programme
||Dr Dirk Pesch
| Research Staff:
C. J. Sreenan, MISL, UCC
Embedded NETworked Sensing is a national project funded
by Enterprise Ireland as part of the WISEN Industry
Led Research Programme (ILRP) (www.wisen-ireland.com).
The project is led by Dr D. Pesch of the Centre for
Adaptive Wireless Systems in collaboration with Prof.
Cormac Sreenan of the Mobile and Internet System’s
Lab at University College Cork. The objectives of
the EMNETS project are to develop a flexible, standards
compliant (IEEE802.15.4) based protocol stack for
wireless sensor networks, to develop a lightweight,
flexible middleware layer to support application development
in sensor networks, to develop network management
protocols for fault and performance management of
wireless sensor networks, and to develop evaluation
and demonstration tools for the developed technology.
The EMNETS project has developed an IEEE802.15.4
compatible MAC protocol – MeshMAC, which uses
distributed beacon scheduling to support low-power
mesh networking for IEEE802.15.4 based sensor networks.
The network layer is based on the IETF’s 6lowPAN
standard and suitable routing protocols for applications
in the building energy management and control space
are currently under investigation. The project team
is currently working on an efficient networm management
protocol to support fault and performance management
of embedded wireless sensor networks. A lightweight
middleware architecture has also been proposed by
the project, Furthermore, the project has developed
an extension of the UCLA Avrora Atmel AVR processor
emulator to support the TI CC2420 chipset for IEEE802.15.4.
This extension, AvroraZ
provides a complete virtual machine for the Crossbow
micaZ platform as well as the Tyndall sensor node
Currently, the project maintains a wireless sensor
network in the UCC Environmental Research Institute
to evaluate the developed protocol stack and network
and performance management approach