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5th International Conference on Mobile Networks and Management

September 23–25, 2013 | Cork, Republic of Ireland


Monday, 23 September, 9:00-13:30 (including a coffee break)

ZigBee Wireless Sensor and Control Network

by Ata Elahi, Professor of Computer Science, Southern Connecticut State University, USA


Wireless Sensor and Control Networks are quickly becoming an integral part of the automation process within chemical plants, refineries, and commercial buildings. As a result, the market for wireless sensor and control networks is rapidly growing. Furthermore, according to a new market research report, it will be a $3.8 billion industry by the year 2017. To accommodate this burgeoning technology, numerous standards are being developed for wireless sensor and control networking such as SP100.11(Wireless Systems for Automation) by the Industrial Standard for Automation (ISA), Wireless HART (Highway Addressable Remote Transducer) by the HART organization, IPv6 over Low Rate Wireless Personnel Network (6LoWPAN) by IETF (the Internet Engineering Task Force) and ZigBee by the ZigBee alliance. The following is a list of the more common applications for wireless sensor and control networks.

  • Commercial Building Automation
  • Home automation
  • Industrial and process automation
  • Energy and utility automation
  • Health Care
  • Remote Control


01. Wireless Sensor and Control Technologies

02. ZigBee Wireless Sensor and Control Network

03. ZigBee Protocol Architecture

04. IEEE 802.15.4 Physical Layer

05. IEEE 802.15.4 Medium Access Control (MAC) Layer

06. Network Layer

07. Application Support Sub-layer (APS)

08. Application Layer

09. Security

10. Address Assignment and Routing

11. ZigBee Home Automation and Smart Energy Network

12. ZigBee RF4CE

Intended Audience

The primary purpose of this tutorial is to provide a basic understanding of ZigBee Wireless Network and it is intended for educators, researchers, system designers, embedded programmers, and anyone wishing to learn more about this new technology.


Ata Elahi is a professor of Computer Science at Southern Connecticut State University, USA. Dr. Elahi received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1982. He is the author of the following textbooks:

  • ZigBee Wireless Sensor and Control Network, published by Prentice Hall, 2010
  • Data, Network & Internet Communications Technology, published by Thomson Learning 2006
  • Network Communication Technology, published by Delmar Thomson learning 2001

Dr. Elahi has presented tutorials and workshops on ZigBee Technology at several conferences and corporations.

Monday, 23 September, 9:00-13:30 (including a coffee break)

Building Software Radio Systems with Iris

by Paul Sutton, Telecommunications Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland


Iris is a software architecture for building highly reconfigurable radio networks. Developed at CTVR, the Telecommunications Research Centre, Iris has formed the basis for over 20 demonstration systems showcased at international conferences, workshops and trade shows. Iris was publicly released under the open-source LGPLv3 license in 2013 and is freely available for download on github. Coupled with RF front-end hardware such as the Ettus USRP family, Iris can be used for everything from real-time signal acquisition and analysis to building dynamic point-to-multipoint wireless networks across frequencies from DC to 5.9GHz. This tutorial will provide a hands-on introduction to Iris, using Ettus USRP hardware to demonstrate live over-the-air software radio.


At the end of this tutorial, attendees will be ready to rapidly prototype their own software radio systems using Iris – an open-source software radio architecture. They will have an insight into the key benefits and challenges of designing radio systems in software and will be familiar with the wide and growing range of RF front-end hardware available, from the €10 RTL-SDR to the high-performance Ettus USRP family.


01. What is Software Radio?

02. The evolution of RF front-end hardware

03. The Iris software radio architecture

  • Component-based design of software radios
  • Supporting radio reconfiguration
  • From single links to multipoint networks
  • Case study 1: OFDM waveforms
  • Case study 2: Dynamic spectrum access – the CogEU project
  • Case study 3: The DARPA spectrum challenge

04. Spectrum licensing – how to safely access the ether

05. Demonstration session

  • Getting started with Iris
  • Building your first radio
  • Making a "smarter" radio
  • Building out your network

06. Software radio testbeds

  • CREW

07. Next steps

  • OpenBTS
  • OpenBSC
  • OpenLTE

Intended Audience

The tutorial is suitable for wireless researchers and engineers with an interest in radio systems, digital signal processing and software programming. Knowledge of C/C++ may be useful but is not essential.


Dr. Paul Sutton is the founder of Software Radio Systems Ltd, based in Cork and Dublin, Ireland. He is a research fellow at CTVR, the Telecommunications Research Centre, based in Trinity College Dublin and has been actively involved in the research and development of emerging wireless technologies since 2004. In this time, his work has addressed key challenges in the areas of dynamic spectrum access and cognitive radio through the use of technologies including cyclostationary signal analysis, adaptive multicarrier waveforms and software radio. Paul served on the board of the Wireless Innovation Forum from 2009 to 2013.

Through the design and implementation of wireless baseband processing algorithms on a wide range of processing platforms, Paul has gained experience in developing high-performance highly-parallel software architectures. He has built on this experience as a senior solution architect at Xcelerit, an Irish company specializing in algorithm acceleration for the financial industry.