Wireless networks mimicking biological systems
September 11th, 2008

The goal of the EU-funded WINSOC project is to build self-organizing networks of wireless sensors by applying principles learned from living organisms. These wireless sensors will be used for a wide range of environmental monitoring purposes. As says the WINSOC scientific coordinator, ‘Living systems are intrinsically robust against cells dying or being damaged,’ so let’s do the same with our wireless networks to make them more reliable. Several prototypes have already started, including a network of geological sensors installed in the Idduki rainforest of Kerala, India, to detect landslides during the monsoon season. The research team also developed a computer simulator that emulates the spread of a fire through a forest and ‘sensors have been placed in a forest in the Czech Republic to detect and locate sources of heat and smoke.’ But read more…

Links: ZDNet, Primidi


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