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IS-2004-21: Reliable Wireless Networks for Industrial Systems

This paper from Ember Corporation details both theory and case studies for mesh networks, focusing on several important issues including: weaknesses of point-to-point wireless systems that can be addressed by adopting an Internet-like distributed messaging model, why networks for "smart devices" must be able to configure themselves, and why wireless mesh systems actually become more reliable as the number of nodes is increased.. The paper also includes a case study of a wireless mesh installation at a water treatment plant.


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