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Custom simulation of Industrial Wireless Sensor and Actuator Network for improved efficiency during research and development
RISE SICS, Västerås, Sweden.
RISE SICS, Västerås, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2902-7819
ABB AB Corporate Research, Västerås, Sweden.
School of Innovation, Design and Technology, Mälardalen University, Västerås, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2419-2735
2017 (English)In: 2017 22nd IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2017Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Trends like the Cloud, Internet of Things and 5G are pushing for an increase in connectivity, but, introducing a new type of network in an industrial distributed control system is a big investment with high risks. Time to market with sufficient quality is crucial. However, when getting through the Research and Development (R&D) phases, a lot of time is spent on isolated activates, e.g., simulations, collecting requirements, design, coding, debugging, creating testbeds, and performing various tests. Therefore, there is a need to improve efficiency when moving between the R&D phases. For verification and validation of communication software, the most common network evaluation method in industry are real testbeds, mostly since a testbed can be very similar to the deployed system. Testbeds are, however, hard to debug and costly to maintain. Other network evaluation methods like simulators, have some strengths that testbeds are lacking, like repeatability, control over the network, and lower cost. However, code from simulators can seldom be reused, especially in industrial time-sensitive target systems, due to different abstraction levels, run-time behavior and system timing. This paper presents findings from a case study that targets improved efficiency, getting from research theories, to deployed devices in a homogeneous Industrial Wireless Sensor and Actuator Network (IWSAN). We propose a small subset of network simulators features which eases changeability, reuse, and debugging of communication software. The selected simulator features are evaluated with a proof of concept implementation that is customized to a research platform. The findings indicate improved efficiency when moving back and forth between activities in different R&D phases.

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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2017.
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IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA), ISSN 1946-0740, E-ISSN 1946-0759
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Computer Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-65222DOI: 10.1109/ETFA.2017.8247657ISI: 000427812000092Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85044463234ISBN: 978-1-5090-6505-9 (electronic)ISBN: 978-1-5090-6504-2 (electronic)ISBN: 978-1-5090-6506-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-65222DiVA, id: diva2:1185597
Conference
22nd IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA), Limassol, Cyprus, September 12-15, 2017
Available from: 2018-02-26 Created: 2018-02-26 Last updated: 2018-09-04Bibliographically approved

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