Aims & Objectives

EMMON is a European project funded by the ARTEMIS program that aims at large-scale and dense real-time embedded monitoring using wireless sensor networks. The EMMON architecture aims at monitoring different physical properties (e.g. temperature, humidity, pressure, vibration) of specific geographical areas at unprecedented scale and density, through the use of tiny low-cost low-power sensor nodes.

EMMON's aim is to perform technological research on large scale distributed Wireless Sensor Networks, including:

  • to advance the state of the art;
  • to develop efficient, and low power consumption communication protocols;
  • to embedded software with better overall energy efficiency, security, fault-tolerance;
  • to develop reliable middleware for large scale monitoring and remote command & control operational systems for end-users.
In order to address scenarios such as real-time pollution/noise maps of a city, or critical infrastructures monitoring (such as bridges, tunnels or the power grid), EMMON adopts a hierarchical network architecture based on several cutting-edge and worldwide used technologies and methods developed by the consortium. This guarantees that scalability and quality-of-service requirements are met.
EMMON's specific objectives are:
  1. Research, develop and test a functional prototype for large scale and dense WSN deployments in a test bed environment.;
  2. Instantiate the EMMON WSN system architecture in a real-world application of several hundred nodes (at least 400).;
  3. Advance the number of devices by one order of magnitude (10K or above). Prove scalability by:
    • Extensive experimental performance analysis in an integrated test bed and real world application
    • Simulation results for 10K nodes;
  4. Improve reliability and fault tolerance mechanisms in WSN;
  5. Identify end-user needs and requirements, as well as operational constraints;
  6. Determine a path for exploitation of project results.