P09: Very large wireless sensor networks for well-being

(duration: 10/2011 – 10/2015 /// funding: COMMIT, FES-subsidy for ICT)

Project Summary

The EWiDS project will develop and test large-scale wireless (sensor/actuator) networks to be used in practical applications such as crowd control or assisted living. The system is meant for scenarios in which (large groups of) people need to be monitored and managed, for instances in busy areas such as museums and train stations, or simply at home.The aim is to improve safety and confort of individuals. First, the system must collect and interpret social interactions and physical movements. Second, it must be able to influence people's behaviour, in order to help avoid problems and manage flows of people.

Research questions

The central research question for the project is how to devise a large-scale collaborative network of small, highly mobile, wireless devices. These devices must collect, disseminate, aggregate, and process information within the network, in order to take independent, informed decsions and to provide instant feedback to its users.

Challenges are scaling up solutions for the deployment of wireless distributed sensor/actuator systems. Issues to be addressed include: ease of installation, (self-)configuration and maintenance; ease of application development and deployment, hiding complexities of the network; and harnessing the behavior of a large network of relatively primitive nodes (constraining the emergent behavior).

About the COMMIT program

COMMIT is a massive consortium of 10 Dutch universities, and over 80 small and large businesses, research companies and non-profit organizations. The program consists of 16 projects in different areas in ICT, such as search engines, parallel computing, embedded systems and databases. The projects focus on pressing socio-economic issues, such as health and well-being, public safety and science.


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