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Marin-Perianu, M. and Meratnia, N. and Havinga, P.J.M. and Moreira Sá de Souza, L. and Müller, J. and Spiess, P. and Haller, S. and Riedel, T. and Decker, C. and Stromberg, G. (2007) Decentralized Enterprise Systems: A Multi-platform Wireless Sensor Networks Approach. IEEE Wireless Communications, 14 (6). pp. 57-66. ISSN 1536-1284 *** ISI Impact 4,148 ***
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/MWC.2007.4407228
Massively deployed wireless sensor and actuator networks, co-existing with RFID technology, can bring clear benefits to large-scale enterprise systems, by delegating parts of the business functionality closer to the point of action. However, a major impediment in the integration process is represented by the variety of customized platforms and proprietary technologies. In this paper, we present a three-layer service-oriented architecture that accommodates different sensor platforms and exposes their functionality in a uniform way to the business application. Our work is motivated by real business cases from the oil&gas industry. In our implementation, we use three sensor platforms (Particle, Node and Sindrion) integrated through the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) standard and incorporated into an enterprise software system. The practical tests and application trials confirm the feasibility of our solution, but also reveal a number of challenges to be taken into account when deploying wireless sensor and actuator networks on industrial sites.
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