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Experiences with the Extensible Sensing System ESS

  • Author(s): Richard Guy
  • Ben Greenstein
  • John Hicks
  • Rahul Kapur
  • Nithya Ramanathan
  • Tom Schoellhammer
  • Thanos Stathopoulos
  • Karen Weeks
  • Kevin Chang
  • Lew Girod
  • Deborah Estrin
  • et al.

The Extensible Sensing System (ESS) has been in use for several years in a variety of sensor network deployments. It is a key component of a collection of tools that together are a nearly complete, end-to-end, sensor-to-user facility for deploying and managing a sensor network. This paper provides the context and architectural overview of ESS, along with selected deployment details and a series of lessons learned. Lesson areas include connectivity, interactivity, energy vs. robustness, vertical integration, and real-time visibility. The current version of ESS reflects changes from these lessons; further, new tools are in development that complement ESS.

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