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Discovering Wireless Sensor Networks: Applications in Structural Health Monitoring, Part 3

Author: Dr. Allen MacKenzie

This curriculum module is part of a set of four curriculum modules. The curriculum module can be adapted to be used alone, or used as part of the set. In this project, students learn about the importance of monitoring stresses on bridges and other civil infrastructure, and about how public safety can be improved by using wireless sensor networks for continuous structural health monitoring. This curriculum module, the third in the set, introduces topics in radio-frequency wireless data communications. The students learn how wireless communications makes it possible to continuously monitor civil infrastructure from a remote location. In the lab, they experiment with the design of random access medium access control protocols for wireless sensor networks, which enable multiple sensors to share a radio channel. In the process, they see design trade-offs involving complexity, efficiency, and fairness.

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