Sensor Networks

In many cases, conditions are monitored with sensors that pass their information on wirelessly. In industrial plants, sensors may be distributed to monitor air quality. In mountains, sensors may be deployed to monitor snow conditions and avalanche risk. In forests, sensors may serve to detect forest fires early. These sensors don’t necessarily all connect to base stations like mobile phones do. Instead, they form their own network and pass information on from one to the other. Therefore, the connectivity analysis is a bit different and is done in a dedicated tool CoMan. Still, propagation analysis plays a central role.

Results include a matrix of point-to-point predictions and a map of optimum information flow.

Figure 1. Example: map of optimum information flow for sensors in a petrochemical plant.