6th Annual International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services

Research Article

EcoPlex: Empowering compact wireless sensor platforms via roaming and interoperability support

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.MOBIQUITOUS2009.6859,
        author={Chung-Yi Ke and Nai-Yuan Ko and Chih-Hsiang Hsueh and Chih-Hsuan Lee and Pai H. Chou},
        title={EcoPlex: Empowering compact wireless sensor platforms via roaming and interoperability support},
        proceedings={6th Annual International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={MOBIQUITOUS},
        year={2009},
        month={11},
        keywords={Application software Batteries Bluetooth Costs Protocols Roaming Sensor phenomena and characterization Sensor systems Wireless sensor networks ZigBee},
        doi={10.4108/ICST.MOBIQUITOUS2009.6859}
    }
    
  • Chung-Yi Ke
    Nai-Yuan Ko
    Chih-Hsiang Hsueh
    Chih-Hsuan Lee
    Pai H. Chou
    Year: 2009
    EcoPlex: Empowering compact wireless sensor platforms via roaming and interoperability support
    MOBIQUITOUS
    IEEE
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.MOBIQUITOUS2009.6859
Chung-Yi Ke1, Nai-Yuan Ko1, Chih-Hsiang Hsueh1, Chih-Hsuan Lee1, Pai H. Chou1,2
  • 1: Department of Computer Science, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan 30013.
  • 2: Center for Embedded Computer Systems, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697-2625 USA.

Abstract

EcoPlex is an infrastructure that enables simple wireless platforms to participate seamlessly in a feature-rich, wireless ad hoc network. EcoPlex consists of gateways that are responsible for handoff support for mobility and high data rate without burdening the simple nodes to implement multihop protocols. The gateways also create virtual identities for simpler nodes to enable their participation in the feature-rich network without adding complexity to them. We demonstrate the feasibility of this idea with the ultra-compact wireless sensor platform called Eco to participate as virtual nodes in a fully general ZigBee network. Experimental results show EcoPlex to be efficient and scalable. The enhanced mobility and interoperability are added to the Eco platform at the infrastructure level, all with minimal node complexity.