Experiences with the Extensible Sensing System ESS
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.