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A Multi-Agent System Architecture for Sensor Networks

Departamento de Ingeniería del Software e Inteligencia Artificial, Facultad de Informática, Universidad Complutense, Madrid 28040, Spain
Ingeniería Técnica en Informática de Sistemas, Centro Superior de Estudios Felipe II, 28300 Aranjuez, Madrid, Spain
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Sensors 2009, 9(12), 10244-10269;
Received: 13 October 2009 / Revised: 4 December 2009 / Accepted: 8 December 2009 / Published: 17 December 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue State-of-the-Art Sensors Technology in Spain)
The design of the control systems for sensor networks presents important challenges. Besides the traditional problems about how to process the sensor data to obtain the target information, engineers need to consider additional aspects such as the heterogeneity and high number of sensors, and the flexibility of these networks regarding topologies and the sensors in them. Although there are partial approaches for resolving these issues, their integration relies on ad hoc solutions requiring important development efforts. In order to provide an effective approach for this integration, this paper proposes an architecture based on the multi-agent system paradigm with a clear separation of concerns. The architecture considers sensors as devices used by an upper layer of manager agents. These agents are able to communicate and negotiate services to achieve the required functionality. Activities are organized according to roles related with the different aspects to integrate, mainly sensor management, data processing, communication and adaptation to changes in the available devices and their capabilities. This organization largely isolates and decouples the data management from the changing network, while encouraging reuse of solutions. The use of the architecture is facilitated by a specific modelling language developed through metamodelling. A case study concerning a generic distributed system for fire fighting illustrates the approach and the comparison with related work. View Full-Text
Keywords: sensor network; data integration; multi-agent system; metamodel; architecture; model-driven engineering sensor network; data integration; multi-agent system; metamodel; architecture; model-driven engineering
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Fuentes-Fernández, R.; Guijarro, M.; Pajares, G. A Multi-Agent System Architecture for Sensor Networks. Sensors 2009, 9, 10244-10269.

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