ABB and SICS towards sensor networks in industry

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Nov 21, 2013 (3 years and 4 months ago)

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ABB and SICS towards sensor networks in industry



Wireless sensor networks are becoming a key technology for cost effective monitoring
and metering in industry. An example application of sensor networks in industry is
condition monitoring of equipment suc
h as pumps and motors. During the last years few
years ABB and SICS have collaborated successfully in several research projects focusing

on industrial
applications of sensor networks. One of the first market segments to drive
the research is the oil
-
and
-
ga
s industry with its challenging environments.



Before the market for sensor network b
ased industrial monitoring and
metering takes off there
is

a need for standardisation of
protocols. Both AB
B and SICS are involved in the
standardisation proc
ess of impor
tant communication
standards. These are WirelessH
art, a
standard for industrial
sensor networks, and 6
LoWPAN that targets IPv6
-
based
sensor
networks. So far we have mostly w
orked with
WirelessHart networks fo
r condition
monitoring, but we
are starting up a

resear
ch project in the smart energy
domain. Within this
project we will deve
lop a smart metering prototype
using a ABB hardware prototype and
SICS'
s

Contiki operating s
ystem with
the uIPv6 communication st
ack, the world's smallest
IPv6
stack.


One of th
e current goals of our cooperat
ion is a complete WirelessHART
network. We have
already implemented a Wir
elessHART security manager and
protocol stack.
The next steps
are
a WirelessHART network manager and gateway.
This
work is performed within the SICS
Cen
ter for Networked Systems (CNS).


Other results from the collaboration betw
een ABB and SICS include joint publications,
software, pilot installations, sev
eral Swedish and international exhibitions, patents, and
sev
eral theses both at master and
licentiate

level.

The collaboration a
lso involves personal
mobility
between the research groups at ABB and SICS.
Two SICS
researches regularly visit
ABB,

and one ABB researcher
spends part of his time at SICS.


www.sics.se/nes


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Wireless sensor networks ar
e beco
ming a key technology for cost
effective monitoring and
metering in industry.
An example is condition monitoring of
equipment such as pumps and
motors on. ABB and S
ICS have during the last years
collaborated in several research
projects
focused on in
dustrial
applications of sensor networks. O
ne of the first market segment
targeted is the oil
-
and
-
gas industry with its

very challenging
environments.