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Sensor Networking and Interface Standardization



Kang B. Lee


Sensors are used in various industries, ranging from aerospace, automotive, biomedicine, building, industrial automation, manufacturing, and process control to environmental monitoring. Traditionally, sensor outputs are analog signals, which are then fed to an instrumentation system for processing and display. The incorporating of microelectronics and microprocessor technologies into sensors has enabled greater functionality such as smart and digital communication capabilities to be built into the sensors. This enables the transitioning of sensors into the digital sensor domain. Sensor networking, a technology adopted from the networking of personal computers, is becoming pervasive in all areas of the industrial world and is causing a major shift in the measurement arena. The rapid development and emergence of smart sensor and networking technologies have made the networking of smart transducers (sensors or actuators) a very economical and attractive solution for measurement and control applications, but have created some standardization issues in industry. In this talk, the evolution and state of the sensor networking technologies will be discussed and the effort to bring about a set of standard interfaces to address this issue will be described.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference
Conference Dates
May 21-23, 2001
Conference Location
Budapest, HU
Conference Title
IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference


communication protocol, control network, electronic data sheet, field network, IEEE 1451, interface standard, NCAP, networking, sensor


Lee, K. (2001), Sensor Networking and Interface Standardization, Proceedings of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference, Budapest, HU (Accessed July 22, 2024)


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Created May 1, 2001, Updated February 19, 2017