Abstract: Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are versatile monitoring systems that can provide a large amount of real-time data in scenarios where wired infrastructures are inapplicable or expensive. This technology is expected to be handled by domain experts, who perceive a WSN as a (promised to be) easy to deploy black box. This work presents the deployment experience of a WSN, as conducted by domain experts, in a ground improvement area. Building upon off-the-shelf solutions, a fuel cell powered gateway and 21 sensor devices measuring acceleration, inclination, temperature and barometric pressure were installed to monitor ground subsidence. We report about how poor GSM service, malfunctioning hardware, unknown communication patterns and obscure proprietary software required in-field ad-hoc solutions. Through the lessons learned, we look forward to investigating how to make the deployment of these systems an easier task.
Keywords: sensor network deployment; experiences; in-field debugging
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Fernández-Steeger, T.; Ceriotti, M.; Bitsch Link, J.Á.; May, M.; Hentschel, K.; Wehrle, K. “And Then, the Weekend Started”: Story of a WSN Deployment on a Construction Site. J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2013, 2, 156-171.
Fernández-Steeger T, Ceriotti M, Bitsch Link JÁ, May M, Hentschel K, Wehrle K. “And Then, the Weekend Started”: Story of a WSN Deployment on a Construction Site. Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks. 2013; 2(1):156-171.
Fernández-Steeger, Tomás; Ceriotti, Matteo; Bitsch Link, Jó Ágila; May, Matthias; Hentschel, Klaus; Wehrle, Klaus. 2013. "“And Then, the Weekend Started”: Story of a WSN Deployment on a Construction Site." J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2, no. 1: 156-171.