A communication infrastructure for smart environments: a position article

Z.J. Haas
2000 IEEE personal communications  
With today's state-of-the-art technology, miniature sensors and actuators can be manufactured and integrated with electronics onto extremely small footprint devices. Such devices could be embedded into different platforms, creating a highly controllable, supportive, and cooperative environment. Applications of this technology can easily be envisioned in nearly every aspect of our life: in the workplace, at home, in a supermarket, in a department store, in a car, on the battlefield, and so on.
more » ... course, to realize this vision, a network is necessary that enables communication among these devices. Since the main characteristics of these devices are that their power supply is extremely restricted and the span of the network is limited, conventional algorithms and protocols need to be adapted to this "micro" networking environment. This position article addresses some key issues in the creation of such a micronetwork. This work has been sponsored in part by ONR contract no. N00014-00-1-0564 and AFRL contract no. F30602-97-C-0133.
doi:10.1109/98.878540 fatcat:rdhu7ulayjf4rdiwxsrgaa34e4