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Integrating the Physical with the Digital World of the Network of the Future


Clemens Lombriser and Mirco Rossi

Project duration

January 2008 - December 2010


In order to realize the vision of Ambient Intelligence in a future network and service environment, heterogeneous wireless sensor and actuator networks (WS&AN) have to be integrated into a common framework of global scale and made available to services and applications via universal service interfaces. SENSEI creates an open, business driven architecture that fundamentally addresses the scalability problems for a large number of globally distributed WS&A devices. It provides necessary
network and information management services to enable reliable and accurate context information retrieval and interaction with the physical environment. By adding mechanisms for accounting, security, privacy and trust it enables an open and secure market space for context-awareness and real world interaction.

Technology developed by SENSEI will play an essential part in transforming the existing Internet, Mobile Networks and Service Infrastructures into a Network of the Future that is capable to deal with the challenging demands of a Future Networked Society.


The objectives of SENSEI are:

  1. Develop a highly scalable architectural framework with corresponding protocol solutions that enable easy plug and play integration of a large number of globally distributed WS&AN into a global system – providing support for network and information management, security, privacy and trust and accounting.
  2. Define an open service interface and corresponding semantic specification to unify the access to context information and actuation services offered by the system for services and applications.
  3. Create efficient WS&AN island solutions consisting of a set of cross-optimised and energy aware protocol stacks including an ultra low power multi-mode transceiver targeting 5nJ/bit.
  4. Deploy a Pan European test platform, enabling large scale experimental evaluation of the SENSEI results and execution of field trials - providing a tool for long term evaluation of WS&AN integration into the Future Internet.

Wearlab contributions

The Wearable computing lab contributes on two topics to SENSEI:


SENSEI project website


2011 2010 2009 2008

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