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Publication - Dr George Oikonomou

    SPHERE deployment manager

    A tool for deploying IoT sensor networks at large scale


    Fafoutis, X, Elsts, A, Oikonomou, G & Piechocki, R, 2018, ‘SPHERE deployment manager: A tool for deploying IoT sensor networks at large scale’. in: Ad-hoc, Mobile, and Wireless Networks: 17th International Conference on Ad Hoc Networks and Wireless, ADHOC-NOW 2018, Saint-Malo, France, September 5-7, 2018. Proceedings. Springer, Cham, pp. 307-318


    Internet of Things (IoT) technology has the potential to revolutionise several domains of everyday life, including the healthcare sector. In order to reach its full potential, IoT technology needs to be evaluated in the real world, beyond controlled environments, such as laboratories and test-beds. SPHERE is an experimental sensing platform for healthcare in a residential environment. Unlike other similar smart home health systems, SPHERE is deployed in a large number of properties of volunteers. Based on our experiences and lessons learned from SPHERE’s large-scale deployments, this paper focuses on the challenge of effectively managing the sensor installation overhead, aiming at supporting our deployment technicians with achieving a satisfactory deployment throughput. In this context, this paper presents the SPHERE Deployment Manager: an open-source tool that facilitates the deployment of bespoke IoT networks by technicians that are not experts in IoT technology. We believe that the SPHERE Deployment Manager is a tool that can accelerate future IoT research deployments of similar nature and scale.

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