Wireless sensor networks are used particularly where there is a need for a self-contained solution for collecting and handling small data sets. Their ability to self-organize makes it possible to deploy large numbers of sensors in hard-to-reach places and use them simultaneously. This forms the basis for an extremely wide variety of applications.
Some Uses of Sensor Networks
- Agriculture (e.g. weather observation, livestock monitoring)
- Asset management (tracking of medical equipment and devices)
- Digitized production (Industry 4.0) (e.g. smart containers in production, support for assembly processes)
- Environmental monitoring (e.g. weather forecasting, earthquake prediction)
- Facility management (e.g. burglar or fire alarm)
- Gauging of movement and strain in physical structures (e.g. buildings, vehicle bodywork)
- Logistics (e.g. cargo monitoring, anti-theft systems)
- Patient monitoring (e.g. using beds equipped with sensors)
- Smart clothing (e.g. vital signs monitoring)
- Smart homes (e.g. climate control, consumption monitoring)
Fraunhofer IIS has implemented a diversity of applications as part of industrial and research projects, particularly in the fields of logistics, medical engineering and automation.
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