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Show simple item record Fisher, R Ledwaba, Lehlogonolo Hancke, GP Kruger, Carel P 2017-05-16T12:02:59Z 2017-05-16T12:02:59Z 2015-03
dc.identifier.citation Fisher, R., Ledwaba, L., Hancke, G.P. and Kruger, C. 2015. Open hardware: a role to play in wireless sensor networks? Sensors, vol. 15(3): 6818-6844 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1424-8220
dc.identifier.uri 10.3390/s150306818
dc.description © 2015 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license. en_US
dc.description.abstract The concept of the Internet of Things is rapidly becoming a reality, with many applications being deployed within industrial and consumer sectors. At the ‘thing’ level—devices and inter-device network communication—the core technical building blocks are generally the same as those found in wireless sensor network implementations. For the Internet of Things to continue growing, we need more plentiful resources for building intelligent devices and sensor networks. Unfortunately, current commercial devices, e.g., sensor nodes and network gateways, tend to be expensive and proprietary, which presents a barrier to entry and arguably slows down further development. There are, however, an increasing number of open embedded platforms available and also a wide selection of off-the-shelf components that can quickly and easily be built into device and network gateway solutions. The question is whether these solutions measure up to built-for-purpose devices. In the paper, we provide a comparison of existing built-for-purpose devices against open source devices. For comparison, we have also designed and rapidly prototyped a sensor node based on off-the-shelf components. We show that these devices compare favorably to built-for-purpose devices in terms of performance, power and cost. Using open platforms and off-the-shelf components would allow more developers to build intelligent devices and sensor networks, which could result in a better overall development ecosystem, lower barriers to entry and rapid growth in the number of IoT applications. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The work described in the paper was partially supported by a grant from City University of Hong Kong (Project No. 7200375). This work is based on the research supported in part by the National Research Foundation of South Africa (Grant Reference TP1207183332) and our industry partners, Telkom, en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher MDPI en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 United States *
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dc.subject Internet of Things en_US
dc.subject IoT en_US
dc.subject Wireless sensor networks en_US
dc.subject Computer science en_US
dc.subject Industrial networks en_US
dc.subject Machine to machine en_US
dc.subject Smart grids en_US
dc.title Open hardware: a role to play in wireless sensor networks? en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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