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Marko Pesko, Miha Smolnikar, Matevž Vucnik, Tomaž Javornik, Milica Pejanovic-Djuriši?, Mihael Mohorcic
Smartphone with augmented gateway functionality as opportunistic WSN gateway device
Wireless Personal Communications DOI 10.1007/s11277-014-1908-7

Sensors and actuators are being increasingly deployed for monitoring and controlling different phenomena and processes in a stand-alone manner or attached to sensor nodes with communication capabilities as part of larger wireless sensor networks (WSN). In addition to the protocols for communication within the WSN, sensor nodes may also provide the gateway functionality towards other networks and/or support communication with other external devices. These devices either represent additional gateways for exposing data and metadata to external networks, or serve as connection points to WSN for instance for the on-site calibration and maintenance. Smartphones as advanced mobile terminals appear particularly suitable for such role. This paper investigates the role a smartphone augmented with WSN gateway functionality can play in WSN with respect to regular dedicated sensor and gateway nodes. As a practical example we show the implementation of a gateway augmented smartphone using a Samsung i8910 phone and a VESNA sensor node connected via Bluetooth. The role of a gateway augmented smartphone is to interface between WSN, which is using a proprietary networking protocol, and the mobile network. The data obtained from WSN can be enriched using smartphone’s embedded sensors before being sent to the remote server. We demonstrate this on an example of geo-tagging the collected data from WSN with the smartphone’s GPS-based location data.

Topic: system
Type: journal
Keywords: opportunistic; participatory; gateway; wireless sensor networks; metadata; adaptation layer; testbed

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Highlights

As part of activities in the FP7 CREW project the Department of Communication Systems at JSI installed two VESNA SNE-ESTHER devices in London. SNE-ESHTER is a radio receiver for the UHF band designed at JSI based on the VESNA sensor platform. Installed devices will be used for advanced spectrum sensing, contributing to the large scale Ofcom TV White Spaces pilot. One device was installed on the roof of a building in the King's College London Strand campus and the other on the roof of Queen Mary University London. Long term measurements will be used to support the experimentation with advanced, so called cognitive radio devices, as secondary users in currently unused parts of the spectrum.

Marko Pesko, Miha Smolnikar, Matevz Vucnik, Tomaz Javornik, Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic and Mihael Mohorcic published a paper titled "Smartphone with augmented gateway functionality as opportunistic WSN gateway device" in Wireless Personal Communications journal. They described how a Samsung phone connected via Bluetooth to a VESNA sensor node can act as a gateway to a wireless sensor network.

Chapter "Low-cost testbed development and its applications in cognitive radio prototyping" written by our colleagues Tomaž Šolc, Carolina Fortuna and Mihael Mohorcic has been published by Springer in the book  "Cognitive Radio and Networking for Heterogeneous Wireless Networks" from the Recent Advances and Visions for the Future series.

Jernej and Klemen talked with Nickola Naous about our new VESNA sensor node design. Read about The engineers behind the WSN Vesna on the IoTMonkey blog.

The CREW project entered a continuous open access phase. You can test your cognitive radio networking solution on 5 differrent testbed islands and advanced radio components, including our LOG-a-TEC testbed and the VESNA sensor network platform.

In cooperation with Adria Mobil we are developing a motorhome for the future. Adria Moving Lab is equipped with intelligent sensors that allow the vehicle to adapt to its user. This way we can optimize the use of consumables like fuel and water and exploit renewable sources of energy like solar power. The prototype has been unveiled at the Institute Jožef Stefan open days in April 2014.

Our paper "Trends in the development of communication networks: Cognitive networks" is the 10th among the 25th most cited articles published since 2009, extracted from Scopus, see all on the Elsevier web site.

Check the "Cognitive radio experimentation with VESNA platform" presentation by Miha Smolnikar at the School on Applications of Open Spectrum and White Spaces Technologies.

We are looking for a C programmers that would join the team developing the VESNA platform. Candidates that have previous experience with electronic circuit design, operating systems or open source projects will have priority.

 

We are constantly open for talented, open minded and hard working undergraduate students, interns and MSc/PhD candidates. Read more.

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Videolectures


Dynamic composition of communication services

Carolina Fortuna

Orchestrating Virtual Wireless Networks from Shared Resource Pools
Luiz DaSilva


VESNA in Kognitivni Radio

Tomaž Šolc

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Demos


SensorNetwork testbed
Mash-up demo.

 

GSN demo

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