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RFID Bookshelf: Sensor Readings

Wireless sensors are designed to help people and machines better understand their environment. These five books can help you learn more about wireless sensors.
By John Edwards
Aug 20, 2007—It's no secret that wireless sensors have become an integral part of modern society. In various forms, wireless sensors are currently used for an ever-growing number of tasks, from monitoring the temperature of stored food products to tracking vehicle vibration levels. In the years ahead, wireless sensors will be employed by both businesses and the military, for health monitoring as location and direction aids for the visually impaired and for numerous applications that have not yet been imagined.

Books covering wireless sensors provide insight into the market's current state, as well as a glimpse into the field's future. Here's a look at five recent noteworthy titles aimed at business managers, design engineers and network designers.

Wireless Ad Hoc Networking: Personal-Area, Local-Area and the Sensory-Area Networks
Edited by Shih-Lin Wu and Yu-Chee Tseng
Auerbach Publications, 2007
640 pages

Wireless Ad Hoc Networking focuses on the wireless technologies that form the basis of pervasive computing environments. Experts at international universities and other leading global research institutions examine the world of "everyware" technology, as well as the role of sensors in these systems. The topics covered include networking architectures and protocols, cross-layer architectures, localization and location tracking, time synchronization, quality of service, security and dependability, applications, modeling and performance evaluation, implementation and experience.

Yet Wireless Ad Hoc Networking's wide scope also undermines its usefulness as a wireless sensor text. 'Many of the book's subject areas have little or nothing to do with wireless sensors. In fact, most of the three-part book's prime sensor material is contained in Part One, entitled "Wireless Personal-Area and Sensory-Area Networks."

The section's first two articles, "Coverage and Connectivity of Wireless Sensor Networks" and "Communication Protocols," examine the twin prime concerns of sensor network developers and adopters: establishing a footprint and facilitating connectivity. The authors supply assistance in both areas by outlining various approaches and strategies readers can adopt and utilize in their own projects.
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