The GINSENG project ended in February 2012, having concluded a successful research programme on performance control in wireless sensor networks for industrial monitoring and control applications.
The main achievement of the project was to design, deploy and evaluate a complete end-to-end system for performance control using wireless sensor networks. This system includes a set of software components, each designed with performance control as an objective.
The key components are:
- real-time extensions to ContikiOS;
- TDMA-based medium access control for assured delivery (GinMAC);
- performance debugging mechanisms and tools;
- dynamic topology control protocols;
- event-based middleware;
- backend applications for system monitoring, configuration, and maintenance.
GINSENG was deployed in an operational setting - an oil refinery operated by project partner Petrogal in Sines, Portugal. Two wireless sensor networks are used for monitoring and control, interacting with a distributed middleware implementation. This was used primarily for evaluating the ability of GINSENG to deliver messages within specified bounds for message delay and reliability, and to understand the limitations of the prototype.
This website gives general details about the project and the partners, and provides copies of GINSENG documentation - project flyers as well as technical papers and reports. If you seek further information on the project please contact the coordinator Prof. Cormac Sreenan.