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Emerging challenges: Mobile networking for “Smart Dust”

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3 Author(s)
Kahn, Joseph M. ; Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, USA ; Katz, Randy Howard ; Pister, Kristofer S.J.

Large-scale networks of wireless sensors are becoming increasingly tractable. Advances in hardware technology and engineering design have led to dramatic reductions in size, power consumption and cost for digital circuitry, wireless communications and Micro ElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS). This has enabled very compact, autonomous and mobile nodes, each containing one or more sensors, computation and communication capabilities, and a power supply. The missing ingredient is the networking and applications layers needed to harness this revolutionary capability into a complete system. We review the key elements of the emergent technology of “Smart Dust” and outline the research challenges they present to the mobile networking and systems community, which must provide coherent connectivity to large numbers of mobile network nodes co-located within a small volume.

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Communications and Networks, Journal of  (Volume:2 ,  Issue: 3 )