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Wisebed: The First Pan-European Sensor Network Open to the Scientific Community


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Courtesy of Oregon State University

The European Wisebed laboratory project, a collaboration between universities and research centers in Germany, Greece, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, consists of more than 1,000 sensors and algorithms that make the network an efficient, coordinated platform for computational calculation.

The Wisebed project has led to the creation of a sensor network that will be a laboratory for scientists who want to test the computational power of their algorithms. "Wisebed will provide the scientific community with a real testing laboratory where researchers can carry out their experiments without traveling to a specific physical location or investing in hardware," says the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya's Maria J. Blesa.

The sensor network can be used to make calculations in a distributed manner. European scientists will soon be able to use the laboratory with a Web site that will let them access the various sensor networks, choose different configurations, and control the computation process.

One of Wisebed's most important software developments is WISELIB, a library that lays out the guidelines and rules for the laboratory and contains 50 algorithms for sensor networks.

From Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
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