[SensorML] Binary SensorML encodings for small devices

Steve Donovan SJDonova at csir.co.za
Wed Mar 4 10:15:26 EST 2009

Thanks, that's extremely interesting.  We are in fact already using 1451.4 TEDS, but using it outside its original spirit, which is to provide a way for transducers to announce their detailed analog properties, etc, to an on-board processor. Whereas we are using it to describe the properties of the measured binary data generated by a node in a WSN, in the SensorML sense.  The mapping you describe in your paper seems the right way to harmonize these two worlds.

steve d.

>>> Peizhao Hu <peizhao at itee.uq.edu.au> 04/03/2009 16:02 >>>
Hi Steve;

For resource constrained sensors, there is an industrial standard, 
called IEEE 1451. It offers a TEDS description about sensor, which is 
prepared by the sensor manufacturers.
Within IEEE 1451.2, National Instrument has defined an electronic 
version of TEDS, named VTEDS [1].

You should be able to follow the template to encode some common feature 
of sensors.

One approach is to create mapping from TEDS to SensorML, as described in 

[1] http://zone.ni.com/devzone/cda/tut/p/id/4043 


Peizhao Hu

Steve Donovan wrote:
> Hi all,
> Generally the idea is that SensorML describes an external system, whether it be a sensor mote or a satelite data feed.  In WSNs, a very desirable goal is true plug and play sensor deployment.  In this case, the node carries its own metadata description, which can be queried when the node joins the WSN.  Unfortunately, SensorML is far too verbose for this purpose, since these nodes may typically only have a few pages of flash memory available.
> Has there been consideration of using some smart dictionary-based binary encoding of SensorML?  One paper which describes the definite benefits of such an encoding in a resource-poor environment is:
> http://2006.xmlconference.org/proceedings/13/presentation.pdf 
> and I believe there are some proposals floating around for W3C consideration.
> steve d.

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