Industry: Using dynamic WSNs in smart logistics for fruits and pharmacy

Jeong Gil Ko (Editor), D. Bijwaard, Joakim Eriksson (Editor), W.A.P. van Kleunen, Paul J.M. Havinga, Nicolas Tsiftes (Editor), Stephen Dawson-Haggerty (Editor), L. Kleiboer, Leon Kleiboer, M.J.J. Bijl, Mark J.J. Bijl, Jean-Philippe Vasseur (Editor), Mathilde Durvy (Editor)

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    In this paper we describe a smart way to apply dynamic wireless sensor networks (WSN) in logistics. Especially in the temperature controlled supply chain (cold chain), perishable goods like fruits and pharmaceuticals greatly benefit from real-time quality monitoring during storage and transport in order to avoid quality degradation and spoilage. In our system, wireless sensor nodes called SmartPoints monitor the environmental conditions and generate alarms when specific events are detected. Additionally, they calculate the remaining shelf life of the perishable goods they travel with. When there is an Internet-connected WSN available during travel, the shelf-life prediction and associated alarms are directly sent to a back-end server. Alternatively they are logged on the SmartPoints and flushed upon arrival, such that the remaining shelf-life and alarms are immediately clear and a full history will be available later. Our dynamic WSN supports a number of protocols that enable support for the dynamic processes in logistic processes. The Ambient middleware supports real-time monitoring and remote maintenance across the Internet via wired and mobile wireless network access technologies. Additionally, the middleware offers easy integration with third-party applications. Ambient Studio utilizes the middleware for remote WSN configuration and monitoring.
    Original languageUndefined
    Number of pages14
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2011
    Event9th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems, SenSys 2011 - Seattle, United States
    Duration: 1 Nov 20114 Nov 2011
    Conference number: 9


    Conference9th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems, SenSys 2011
    Abbreviated titleSenSys
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
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    • IR-78537
    • EWI-20804
    • Sensor Network
    • Logistics
    • Routing
    • Middleware

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