Technology for Extremely Power-Efficient Wireless Sensor Networks

Application Fields

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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.

For a selective overview of our project portfolio follow this link.