Waspmote in the International Workshop on Low-Cost Wireless Computer Networking – India
During the International Workshop on Low-Cost Wireless Computer Networking, one day was devoted to Wireless Sensor Networks and centered around the Waspmote platform. The workshop took place in Pune, India, and was conveyed by the International Institute of Information Technology (I2IT) from the 11th to the 15th of January 2010. This workshop was jointly organized by The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy, and International Telecommunication Union-Telecommunication Development Bureau (ITU-BDT), a body of United Nations. The ICTP has been working in the field of wireless training for the last 14 years and has trained more than 1000 people. This activity was also co-sponsored by IEEE Pune Subsection and Communication Society Chapter of IEEE Bombay Section.
Some 20 participants from India and Nepal attended the workshop. With a background in engineering or computer science, most of them come from academia while some work for regulatory boards. Most of the participants had no previous experience in WSN.
After four days devoted to WiFi networking, link planning and simulation, in just one day we gave an introduction to WSN and carried out some experiments in the lab. The lab sessions were organized to cover the following topics:
- Indroduction Waspmote API
- Our first sensor program: “hello sensing world!”
- Getting the temperature in the PC using the Waspmote Gateway
- Programming alarms using the Waspmote API
Participants were able to modify the examples given and mix them together. At the end of the afternoon, they were able to send a personalized message containing temperature and level of battery to the gateway, after setting up an alarm.
The WSN session was very well accepted and followed by all the attendees who as pointed before had no previous experience in WSN what highlights the power and facility of the Waspmote platform and its open source programming API.