Fall 2010 IAB
September 15 to 17

BSAC Hands-On Workshop: Networking Wireless Inertial Sensors (Wednesday or Friday Session)


IEEE802.15.4e is a low-power communication standard for low-power sensor networks soon to be ratified. Developed through initial research over the past decade at BSAC, this low-power, high-reliability 802.15.4e protocol has now become an official standard. Open standards lead to interoperability and wide commercialization of sensor innovations. Come join us for a hands-on workshop to explore OpenWSN, an open-source version of this protocol stack presently being developed at BSAC. From this workshop, you will take home open-source hardware and software so you can demonstrate to your colleagues how a wide variety of sensors can be simply and cheaply interconnected into low-power ad-hoc mesh networks.
The photo shows the MOTE you will take home. It provides a 9-axis inertial measurement unit, a microcontroller, an IEEE802.15.4 radio chip and an enhancement interface for attaching your own sensors. The goal of this half-day workshop is to explore the OpenWSN protocol stack and exercise the capabilities of this General Inertial Navigation Assistant (GINA mote).
Attendees will receive:
HARDWARE: a GINA 2.2 mote and a RAVEN base station. Both will come pre-programmed;
SOFTWARE: Python scripts to interface a laptop to the base station, development environment for the GINA mote, code examples and OpenWSN protocol stack;
TRAINING: hands-on demonstrations on pre-programmed firmware, pointers to customize firmware to your own needs; access to developer WIKI.
No prior experience with motes or embedded programming is necessary. Demos will be self contained, with explanations for the novice, and pointers to resources available for more advanced attendees.