When a commercial Wireless Sensor Network designed for environmental control and security in buildings was tested before being launched, disappointing differences between the behaviour in simulations and in the real world were observed. Fortunately, these
differences disappeared when the energy saving radio duty cycling protocols were deactivated. The company then decided to provide their customers with larger batteries. They also suggested the authors of this paper to start an in depth experimental analysis of radio duty cycling as implemented in the Contiki operating system for Zolertia Z1 motes. Many subtle issues that remained hidden in simulations appeared to have infrequent but disruptive consequences in the real world. These issues have been identified, understood and corrected. They were a source of inspiration for recommendations tending to improve the overall reliability of Contiki.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFAILSAFE 2017 - Proceedings of the 1st ACM International Workshop on the Engineering of Reliable, Robust, and Secure Embedded Wireless Sensing Systems, Part of SenSys 2017
EditorsRasit Eskicioglu
Place of PublicationNew York, USA
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450354820
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-5482-0
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2017
Event15th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 5 Nov 20178 Nov 2017


Conference15th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems
Abbreviated titleSenSys 2017
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    Research areas

  • Contiki OS, Malfunctions, Radio Duty Cycling

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