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A FPGA Embedded Web Server for Remote Monitoring and Control of Smart Sensors Networks
Department of Fundamental and Experimental Electronic, Physics and Systems, Universidad de La Laguna, Avd. Francisco Sanchez s/n, 38203 La Laguna, Spain
Department of Statistics, Operations Research and Computation, Universidad de La Laguna, Avd. Francisco Sanchez s/n, 38203 La Laguna, Spain
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Received: 21 October 2013; in revised form: 26 November 2013 / Accepted: 20 December 2013 / Published: 27 December 2013
Abstract: This article describes the implementation of a web server using an embedded Altera NIOS II IP core, a general purpose and configurable RISC processor which is embedded in a Cyclone FPGA. The processor uses the μCLinux operating system to support a Boa web server of dynamic pages using Common Gateway Interface (CGI). The FPGA is configured to act like the master node of a network, and also to control and monitor a network of smart sensors or instruments. In order to develop a totally functional system, the FPGA also includes an implementation of the time-triggered protocol (TTP/A). Thus, the implemented master node has two interfaces, the webserver that acts as an Internet interface and the other to control the network. This protocol is widely used to connecting smart sensors and actuators and microsystems in embedded real-time systems in different application domains, e.g., industrial, automotive, domotic, etc., although this protocol can be easily replaced by any other because of the inherent characteristics of the FPGA-based technology.
Keywords: embedded web server; FPGA; remote monitoring; NIOS; TTP/A
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Magdaleno, E.; Rodríguez, M.; Pérez, F.; Hernández, D.; García, E. A FPGA Embedded Web Server for Remote Monitoring and Control of Smart Sensors Networks. Sensors 2014, 14, 416-430.
Magdaleno E, Rodríguez M, Pérez F, Hernández D, García E. A FPGA Embedded Web Server for Remote Monitoring and Control of Smart Sensors Networks. Sensors. 2014; 14(1):416-430.
Magdaleno, Eduardo; Rodríguez, Manuel; Pérez, Fernando; Hernández, David; García, Enrique. 2014. "A FPGA Embedded Web Server for Remote Monitoring and Control of Smart Sensors Networks." Sensors 14, no. 1: 416-430.