Analyses and simulations of a comprehensive wireless sensor network for industrial automation applications. Utilizing WirelessHART architecture, the proposed network will consist of 1 million motes within an area of 10 km2. Each mote is presumed to be single sensing and sampling vibration, pressure, temperature, or light. The project seeks to evaluate the scaling limits and challenges for deployment of a reliable (characterized by at least 99.9% reliability), frequently sensing (measuring levels every 10 secs), low power (7+ year lifetime power), secure wireless network (encrypted payload) for the specific environment in order to simplify control and increase operating efficiency. In order to meet these goals, the simulation will include the following considerations: connectivity, hierarchy, interference and coexistence, and security and integrity. Real-world data will provide validation in all applicable simulations.
Project end date: 08/09/10