Method for collecting and processing data using internetworked wireless integrated network sensors (WINS)

  • US 7,020,701 B1
  • Filed: 10/04/2000
  • Issued: 03/28/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/06/1999
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for collecting and processing data in a sensor network, comprising:

  • coupling a plurality of network elements including at least one node among an environment and at least one client computer, wherein the node comprises at least one preprocessor operating on real-time processes and at least one processor coupled to the preprocessor;

    configuring the node at one of a plurality of programming layers through a plurality of application program interfaces (APIs), wherein the programming layers include a first layer including real-time processes and a second layer that operates on remaining processes other than the real-time processes;

    collecting data from the environment;

    remotely controlling at least one function of the at least one node;

    providing node information including node resource costs and message priority from the at least one node to the plurality of network elements; and

    distributing processing of the collected data among the plurality of network elements in response to the node information.

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