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Multi-Network Access to IEEE P1451 Smart Sensor Information Using World Wide Web Technology



Richard D. Schneeman, Kang B. Lee


NIST and a consortium of companies are organizing a public demonstration of the features of IEEE P1451, a Draft Standard for a Smart Transducer Interface for Sensors and Actuators, in a multi-vendor transducer and control network environment during the May '97 Sensors Expo in Boston. This paper presents the design of the demonstration system. A server architecture based on the industry standard UDP/IP protocol and the gateway software module that bridges the UDP Ethernet-based network and the specific control network technology are discussed. The definitions of a common set of ASCII-based message protocol units are defined to allow cross network and transducer device communication. Combining these approaches using Internet-based technologies such as World Wide Web browser software, Java, HTML Web pages, and the Internet Protocol suite, the demonstration show the functionality and interoperable capability of the proposed interface for connecting sensors and actuators to control and field networks and the implementation of the interface based on the draft specifications is realizable.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of Sensors Conference
Conference Dates
May 13-15, 1997
Conference Location
Boston, MA
Conference Title
Boston (MA.)


IEEE standard, Interface standards, Sensor Integration, Smart sensor interface


Schneeman, R. and Lee, K. (1997), Multi-Network Access to IEEE P1451 Smart Sensor Information Using World Wide Web Technology, Proceedings of Sensors Conference, Boston, MA, [online], (Accessed June 22, 2024)


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Created October 4, 1997, Updated February 19, 2017