Deployment of Wireless Sensor Networks in Logistics - Potential, Requirements, and a Testbed

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With the growing demand for extensive monitoring of transport processes in logistics and approaches for an event-based management of logistics processes, wireless sensor network technology has become a promising technology for this domain. In the first part of this paper, the authors describe such application possibilities for wireless sensor networks in logistics and focus on supply chain event management as one particularly promising application area, which is often neglected. Afterwards, they present first findings regarding the requirements to be considered for efficient application of wireless sensor networks in logistics. They especially differentiate the design decisions into decisions for the design-time and the run-time of a wireless sensor network deployment in the logistics domain.

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