The Networks of Embedded Systems Area (a.k.a. Real-Time Networks) was born in year 2008 to study real-time communication techniques applied to Wireless Sensor Networks.
It derives from a joint research initiative carried on by the "Institute of Communication, Information and Perception Technologies (TeCIP)" at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and the "National Laboratory of Photonic Networks (LNRF)" at the National Inter-university Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT).
Today the research team is composed by 1 head of research, 1 assistant professor, 7 PhD students, and 1 research associate affiliated to the Retis and IRCPhonet laboratories. The labs are located in Pisa (I).
From the very beginning the research team targeted the ambitious objective of following the whole engineering process transforming a simple idea to a validated experimental realization.
The Networks of Embedded Systems group is considering large scale distributed systems where bottom-level heterogeneous embedded devices host both custom embedded logic and ad-hoc communication capabilities.
We focus on single node and cooperative algorithms leveraging our expertize in computer vision and data aggregation techniques.
Embedded devices are Wireless Sensor Network nodes, RFIDs, vehicular equipment (e.g. On-Board Units) and PDA units (e.g. smartphones).
The network implements middleware services and exports proper interfaces to be interoperated with cloud / grid facilities and abstract the functionality of an instrumentation layer.
Applications are oriented to the domains of Intelligent Transport Systems and Smart Ambients (Buildings/Factories).