Title: Landslide monitoring with sensor networks: experiences and lessons learnt from a real-world deployment

Authors: Alberto Rosi, Matteo Berti, Nicola Bicocchi, Gabriella Castelli, Alessandro Corsini, Marco Mamei, Franco Zambonelli

Addresses: Dipartimento di Scienze e Metodi dell'Ingegneria, Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Reggio Emilia, Italy. ' Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Universita di Bologna, Bologna, Italy. ' Dipartimento di Scienze e Metodi dell'Ingegneria, Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Reggio Emilia, Italy. ' Dipartimento di Scienze e Metodi dell'Ingegneria, Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Reggio Emilia, Italy. ' Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy. ' Dipartimento di Scienze e Metodi dell'Ingegneria, Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Reggio Emilia, Italy. ' Dipartimento di Scienze e Metodi dell'Ingegneria, Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Reggio Emilia, Italy

Abstract: Wireless sensor networks have the potentials to be a very useful technology for fine-grained monitoring in remote and hostile environments. This paper reports on the implementation and deployment of a system for landslide monitoring in the Northern Italy Apennines and analyses the positive results we have achieved with it. Yet, the paper also critically analyses the problems and the inherent limitations/difficulties we had to face in developing and deploying such a system, challenging many of the |big claims| that are often heard around wireless sensor networks.

Keywords: wireless sensor networks; WSNs; landslide monitoring; experience report; wireless networks; Italy; Apennines; landslides; landslips; fine-grained monitoring; WSN deployment.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSNET.2011.042195

International Journal of Sensor Networks, 2011 Vol.10 No.3, pp.111 - 122

Published online: 31 Aug 2011 *

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