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Sensors 2002, 2(7), 244-257; doi:10.3390/s20700244

Communication Buses and Protocols for Sensor Networks

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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan State University, 2120 Engineering Building, East Lansing, Michigan, USA
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Published: 4 July 2002
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Networked Sensors and Wireless Sensor Platforms)
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This paper overviews existing digital communication buses which are commonly used in sensor networks, discusses sensor network architectures, and introduces a new sensor bus for low power microsystem applications. The new intra-module multi-element microsystem (IM2) bus is nine-line interface with 8b serial data which implements several advanced features such as power management and plug-n-play while maintaining minimum hardware overhead at the sensor node. Finally, some issues in wireless sensor networking are discussed. The coverage of these issues provides a guideline for choosing the appropriate bus for different sensor network applications.
Keywords: Sensor bus; Sensor network; Microsystem architecture; Wireless sensor networks Sensor bus; Sensor network; Microsystem architecture; Wireless sensor networks
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Zhou, J.; Mason, A. Communication Buses and Protocols for Sensor Networks. Sensors 2002, 2, 244-257.

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