A State-Machine Model for Reliability Eliciting over Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks



Advances in communications and embedded systems have led to the proliferation of wireless sensor and actuator networks (WSANs) in a wide variety of application domains. One important key of many such WSAN applications is the needed to meet non-functional requirements (e.g., lifetime, reliability, time guarantees) as well as functional ones (e.g. monitoring, actuation). Some application domains even require that sensor nodes be deployed in harsh environments (e.g., refineries), where they can fail due to communication interference, power problems or other issues. Unfortunately, the node failures can be catastrophic for critical or safety related systems. State machines can offer a promising approach to separate the two concerns – functional and non-functional – bringing forth reliability exception conditions handling, by means of fault handling states. We develop an approach that allows users to define and program typical applications using their platform language, but also adds state machine logic to design, view and handle explicitly other concerns such as reliability. The experimental section shows a working deployment of this concept in an industrial refinery setting.


WSN, Programming model, State-Machine, Industrial applications


State-Machine model for wireless sensor networks


The 3rd International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies 2012

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