The Signpost Platform for City-Scale Sensing

Joshua Adkins, Branden Ghena, Neal Jackson, Pat Pannuto, Samuel Rohrer, Bradford Campbell, Prabal Dutta

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14 Scopus citations

Abstract

City-scale sensing holds the promise of enabling a deeper understanding of our urban environments. However, a city-scale deployment requires physical installation, power management, and communications all challenging tasks standing between a good idea and a realized one. This indicates the need for a platform that enables easy deployment and experimentation for applications operating at city scale. To address these challenges, we present Signpost, a modular, energy-harvesting platform for city-scale sensing. Signpost simplifies deployment by eliminating the need for connection to wired infrastructure and instead harvesting energy from an integrated solar panel. The platform furnishes the key resources necessary to support multiple, pluggable sensor modules while providing fair, safe, and reliable sharing in the face of dynamic energy constraints. We deploy Signpost with several sensor modules, showing the viability of an energy-harvesting, multi-tenant, sensing system, and evaluate its ability to support sensing applications. We believe Signpost reduces the difficulty inherent in city-scale deployments, enables new experimentation, and provides improved insights into urban health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 17th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks, IPSN 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages188-199
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781538652985
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event17th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks, IPSN 2018 - Porto, Portugal
Duration: Apr 11 2018Apr 13 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings - 17th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks, IPSN 2018

Conference

Conference17th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks, IPSN 2018
CountryPortugal
CityPorto
Period4/11/184/13/18

Keywords

  • Energy Harvesting
  • Modular
  • Platform
  • Signpost

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Signal Processing
  • Information Systems and Management

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