And What The Heck Is a Sensor Web Anyway?

December 5, 2003
Dr. Kevin Delin, NASA Jest Propulsion Laboratory

Because it's easy to slap a radio on a sensor these days, everyone is Suddenly an expert on wireless networks of sensors. Of course, when everybody is a somebody, then nobody is anybody. So, is this new technology a revolution or a fad? What is a network of sensors good for anyway? (This question isn't so easy, there are at least 4 companies still trying to define a good answer for it!) And what the heck is a Sensor Web anyway? Is it just another name for a sensor network? Does it require the World Wide Web to work? So many questions. I might even answer a few.