The building of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) continues to capture the imagination of a large number of researchers, scientists, and engineers as well as hobbyists and practitioners. Clearly, developing a system relying on nodes of sometimes-unremarkable capabilities is a unique challenge. In a sense, WSNs are a form of “retro” computing that strikes a nostalgic chord of “trying to do more with less” that runs against the zeitgeist of abundant computing and storage resources. The appeal of WSNs is further enhanced by a conspiracy of several interested parties that are rarely seen together. For starters, scientists find in WSNs the potential to utilize them to perform better science by deploying nodes abundantly and closer to the ...

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