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GINSENG - Performance Control in Wireless Sensor Networks

Research on wireless sensor networks (WSNs) has mainly been focused on protocols and architectures for applications in which network performance assurances are not considered essential, such as agriculture and environmental monitoring. However, for many important areas, such as plant automation and health monitoring, performance assurances are crucial, especially for metrics such as delay and reliability.

The GISNENG project plans a significant advance beyond the state-of-the-art by developing a novel performance controlled WSN that is targeted for use in a range of industrial environments. In such environments, WSN technology should result in significant savings in deployment and maintenance costs, and offers easy reconfiguration and rapid deployment in adapting to changing business needs. The overall goal of GINSENG is a wireless sensor network that will meet application-specific performance targets, and that will be proven in a real industry setting where performance is critical.

The GINSENG goal requires several innovations and a fresh approach to wireless sensor network research. Firstly, GINSENG adopts a planned approach for sensor node deployment as a basis to enable performance control. The second basis of GINSENG is software components with assured performance, including operating systems and protocols for radio medium access. The third basis of GINSENG is a set of algorithms that ensure control with respect to network topology and traffic. These three components enable the possibility to deploy sensor networks with assured performance. Recognising the inherent uncertainties of the real-world, GINSENG will also provide mechanisms and tools to perform performance debugging of deployed systems.

To encourage exploitation of the research outputs, GINSENG will integrate with industry IT systems, a proposition strengthened by the participation of SAP as a partner. The applicability of the technology developed in GINSENG will be proven by developing a wireless sensor network for a real-world application where performance is critical – in the context of an oil refinery run by GINSENG partner Petrogal, where it will be used to monitor and control industrial processes, safety and pollution.


CeBIT 2012. From 06th to 10th of march 2012GINSENG was presented at CeBIT in Hannover. A custom built demonstrator illustrates GINSENG's real-time wirelss industrial automation approach: A total of 7 INGA-Sensor Nodes form a time critical wireless sensor network and connect to a sink which again is connected to the GINSENG middleware. We had more than 500 technical discussions at our booth, exchanged many contact cards and met many interested und intersting people.

Take a look a the whole CeBIT 2012 album or at the Video-Podcast (in German).


GINSENG-Flyer An overview of GINSENG's outcome and a short description of all partners on a flyer.
(PDF, double-sided, 1 MB)
(printable version with higher resolution, 3.6 MB)

Project members at IBR

Dr. Wolf-Bastian Pöttnerpoettner[[at]]ibr.cs.tu-bs.de
Jian Li
Prof. Dr. Felix Büschingbuesching[[at]]ibr.cs.tu-bs.de+49-531-3913289111
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lars Wolfwolf[[at]]ibr.cs.tu-bs.de+49-531-3913288138


Audiokommunikation über SensorknotenBachelor ThesisProf. Dr. Felix Büschingfinished
Design und Implementierung eines verteilten Dateisystems für SensorknotenBachelor ThesisProf. Dr. Felix Büschingfinished
Energiebenchmarks für SensorknotenBachelor ThesisProf. Dr. Felix Büschingfinished
HiWi-Job: Hardware(nahe) Entwicklung und Contiki-ProgrammierungHiWi JobProf. Dr. Felix Büsching, Dr. Wolf-Bastian Pöttnerfinished
Entwicklung eines universellen drahtlosen SensorknotensProject ThesisProf. Dr. Felix Büschingfinished
Dateisysteme für Sensorknoten mit SD-Karten-UnterstützungMaster ThesisProf. Dr. Felix Büsching, Dr. Wolf-Bastian Pöttnerfinished
Visualisierung von SensornetzenStudienarbeitProf. Dr. Felix Büschingfinished
Entwicklung und Implementierung eines Verfahrens zur Zeitsynchronisierung in drahtlosen SensornetzenStudienarbeitProf. Dr. Felix Büschingfinished
Verschlüsselung in drahtlosen SensornetzenStudienarbeitProf. Dr. Felix Büschingfinished
Ring Storage System in Wireless Sensor NetworkBachelor ThesisJian Li, Dr. Wolf-Bastian Pöttnerfinished
Realistic Radio Channel Model for CoojaStudienarbeitDr. Wolf-Bastian Pöttnerfinished
Online Topology Optimization for dependable Wireless Sensor NetworksDiploma ThesisDr. Wolf-Bastian Pöttnerfinished
Software Acknowledgements for T-Mote SkyDiploma ThesisDr. Wolf-Bastian Pöttner, Dr. Sebastian Schildtfinished
Transmission Power Control in Performance Controlled Wireless Sensor NetworksBachelor ThesisDr. Wolf-Bastian Pöttner, Prof. Dr. Felix Büschingfinished
Hiwi-Job: Softwareentwicklung und Softwarediagnose in JavaHiWi JobDr. Wolf-Bastian Pöttnerfinished
Ein dienstgütebasiertes Routingverfahren für teilmobile, drahtlose SensornetzeDiploma ThesisDr. Oliver Wellnitz, Prof. Dr. Felix Büschingfinished
Überwachung von Netz- und Dienstgüteparametern in drahtlosen SensornetzenDiploma ThesisDr. Oliver Wellnitz, Prof. Dr. Felix Büschingfinished

if you are interested in writing a thesis regarding this project, please feel free to contact Dr. Oliver Wellnitz or Prof. Dr. Felix Büsching.


Project partners

FP7 The EU FP7 research project GINSENG consists of the following institutions:


last changed 2013-09-06, 08:36 (dynamic content) by Prof. Dr. Felix Büsching