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Sensing applications with blanket coverage over urban areas can provide vital information for scientists looking to research the effects of specific phenomena on urban environments. Unfortunately there are many large hurdles which have to be overcome in order to implement such sensing networks, for example little or no access to nodes for maintenance operations and system failures due to theft and vandalism, and the irreversible nature of the deployments. One solution is to implement iterative prototypes in the urban environments to gather experience, although wireless sensor network prototyping brings with it its own set of problems such as rising costs due to hardware and development investments and the level of expertise required by the developer.
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