Wireless Sensor Networks Workshop (WSN)


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A wireless sensor network (WSN) is a network of spatially distributed autonomous sensors to monitor physical or environmental conditions, such as temperature, sound, air quality, etc., and to cooperatively pass their data through the network to a main location. This workshop will provide an introduction to WSN and into the Arduino platform in particular, through lectures and hands on sessions. It will give participants the opportunity to build their own WSN, to send data using different wireless technologies and to store measurements in online databases.

Workshop Topics

  • Intro to Arduino
  • Analog and Digital sensors
  • Installing the Arduino IDE, Hello World in Arduino
  • Reading data from internal sensors and Experimenting with Grove sensors
  • Options for WSN communications (802.15.4, WiFi, GPRS, BT)
  • Sending data using WiFi, Sending data to an online database
  • Planning the deployments
  • Setting up equipment for deployments
  • Deployments of sensors

Target Audience

  • Network systems administrators and engineers from ISP/REN/Universities or corporations, who are responsible for network maintenance and planning.


  • Medium to good knowledge of the UNIX/Linux command line environment
  • Basic knowledge of TCP/IP networking
  • Basic programming skills
  • Participants are required to bring a laptop


At the end of the workshop students will be able to:

  • Explain core concepts relating to the Arduino system
  • Explain the difference between and give examples of Analog and Digital sensors
  • Install the Arduino IDE and program the "Hello World" in Arduino
  • Read data from internal sensors and experiment with Grove sensors
  • Explain the options for WSN communications (802.15.4, WiFi, GPRS, BT)
  • Program Arduino units to sending data using WiFi including sending data to an online database
  • Plan a Wireless Sensor Network deployment
  • Set up all equipment for the planned deployment
  • Deploy a Wireless Sensor Network

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