A Simulation Discipline in OpenUP to Satisfy Wireless Sensor Networks Requirements

  • Gian Ricardo Berkenbrock
  • Celso Massaki Hirata
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 88)


Embedded software for networked devices is becoming popular. One example is wireless sensor networks (WSN). WSN are a technology used to collect data from different sources and they can be applied in monitoring and instrumentation area. The development of WSN offers complex challenges. Developers should be aware of restrictions such as limited storage, battery consumption, low accuracy sensor, and short transmission range. WSN are highly dependent on application requirements mainly due to the above restrictions. So, one application is hardly equal to another. In general, application requirements of WSN include fault-tolerance, load-balance, scalability, customized hardware, and deployment area coverage. There is not a specific process to address the development os WSN applications. Open Unified Process is an iterative software development process that is intended to be minimal, complete, and extensible, and because of these features it is a good candidate for WSN application development. However, OpenUP does not support the challenges and requirements of WSN systems, because it does not have specific tasks that consider such requirements. Then in order to address this lack of support, this paper proposes a simulation discipline in OpenUP to satisfy the WSN application requirements. An example of use of the proposed process is shown.


Wireless sensor network Software development process OpenUP Simulation Discipline Environmental monitoring 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gian Ricardo Berkenbrock
    • 1
  • Celso Massaki Hirata
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceInstituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica - ITAS.J. CamposBrazil

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