Combining cloud computing and wireless sensor networks

Authors Werner Kurschl
Wolfgang Beer
Title Combining cloud computing and wireless sensor networks
Booktitle Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Integration and Web-based Applications & Services (iiWAS2009)
Type in proceedings
Publisher ACM and OCG
Department ISE
ISBN 978-1-60558-660-1
Month December
Year 2009
Pages 510-517
SCCH ID# 947

Just recently emerged a new paradigm for internet-based software systems which is called as cloud computing. The cloud provides scalable processing power and several kinds of connectable services. This distributed architecture has many similarities with a typical wireless sensor network, where a lot of motes, which are responsible for sensing and local preprocessing, are interconnected with wireless connections. Since wireless sensor networks are limited in their processing power, battery life and communication speed, cloud computing usually offers the opposite, which makes it attractive for long term observations, analysis and use in different kinds of environments and projects, since the basic infrastructure remains the same. In this paper we present a model, which combines the concept of wireless sensor networks with the cloud computing paradigm, and show how both can benefit from this combination.