Wireless Sensor Networking

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$1990 per person


This 4-day course is designed for remote sensing engineers, process control architects, security system engineers, instrumentation designers, ISR developers, and program managers who wish to enhance their understand¬ing of ad hoc wireless sensor networks (WSN) and how to design, develop, and implement these netted sensors to solve a myriad of applications including: smart building installation, process control, asset tracking, military operations and C4I applications, as well as energy monitoring. The concept of low-cost sensors, structured into a large network to provide extreme fidelity with an extensive capability over a large-scale system is described in detail using technologies derived from robust radio-stacked microcontrollers, cellular logic, SOA-based systems, and adroit insertion of adaptive, and changeable, middleware.

What you will learn:

    • What can robust, ad hoc wireless sensing provide beyond that of conventional sensor systems?
    • How can low-cost sensors perform on par with expensive sensors?
    • What is required to achieve comprehensive monitoring?
    • Why is multi-hopping “crucial” to permit effective systems?
    • What ‘s required from the power management systems?
    • What are WSN characteristics?
    • What do effective WSN systems cost?

From this course you will obtain knowledge and ability to perform wireless sensor networking design & engineering calculations, identify tradeoffs, interact meaningfully with ISR, security colleagues, evaluate systems, and understand the literature.

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction to ad hoc mesh networking and the advent of embedded middleware
  2. Understanding the wireless ad hoc sensor network (WSN) and sensor node (“mote”) hardware
    • Mote core (fundamental consists of): radio-stack, low-power microcontroller, ‘GPS’ system, power distribution, memory (flash), data acquisition microsystems (ADC).
    • Sensor modalities. Design goals and objectives. Descriptions and examples of mote passive and active (e.g., ultra wideband, UWB) sensors
  3. Reviewing the software required including protocols
    • Programming environment. Real-time, event-driven, with OTA programming capability, deluge implementation, distributed processing (middleware)
    • Low-power. Mote design, field design, overall architecture regulation & distribution
  4. Reviewing principles of the radio frequency characterization & propagation at/near the ground level
    • RF propagation.
    • Multi-path, fading
    • Scattering & attenuation
    • Link calculation s & Reliability
  5. Network management systems (NMS). Self-organizing capability. Multi-hop capabilities. Low-power media Access Communications, LPMAC. Middleware.
  6. Mote Field Architecture. Mote field logistics & initialization. Relay definition and requirements. Backhaul data communications: Cellular, SATCOM, LP-SEIWG-005A.
  7. Mission Analysis. Mission definition and needs. Mission planning. Interaction between mote fields and sophisticated sensors. Distribution of motes.
    • 8 Deployment mechanisms.
    • Relay statistics.
    • Exfiltration capabilities.
    • Localization. Including Autonomous (iterative) solutions, direct GPS chipset, and/or referenced
  8. Situational Awareness, Common Operating Picture, COP. GUI displays.
  9. Case Studies:
    • DARPA’s ExANT experiment
    • The use of WSN for ISR
    • Application to IED
    • Application towards 1st Responders (firemen)
    • Employment of WSN to work process control
    • Asset tracking


If this course is not on the current schedule of open enrollment courses and you are interested in attending this or another course as an open enrollment, please contact us at (410)956-8805 or ati@aticourses.com. Please indicate the course name, number of students who wish to participate. and a preferred time frame. ATI typically schedules open enrollment courses with a 3-5 month lead time. For on-site pricing, you can use the request an on-site quote form, call us at (410)956-8805, or email us at ati@aticourses.com.


  • Timothy Cole is a leading authority with 30 years of experience exclusively working in electro-optical systems as a systems and design engineer. While at Applied Physics Laboratory for 21 years, Tim was awarded the NASA Achievement Award in connection with the design, development and operation of the Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) Laser Radar and was also the initial technical lead for the New Horizons LOng-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI instrument). He has presented technical papers addressing space-based laser altimetry all over the US and Europe. His industry experience has been focused on the systems engineering and analysis associated development of optical detectors, wireless ad hoc remote sensing, exoatmospheric sensor design and now leads ICESat-2 ATLAS altimeter calibration effort.

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