I am going to write my master thesis on a wireless sensor network for a fire security system. The wireless protocol is decided and confidential, and has mesh capabilities for redundancy and great battery life. Even so, the company I am writing it for wants to mainly get this new wireless system they want me to design commercialised, but I have to dig a bit deeper and do some thorough research on the subject.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what in such a wireless system I can do a research on, besides designing such a system?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Perhaps ask your thesis advisor. \$\endgroup\$ – Brian Carlton Jan 22 '13 at 22:11
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    \$\begingroup\$ Also, make sure any commercial arrangements are good to go. In US universities, most would want this to be a formal arrangement. Individual faculty members would have no authority to waive any university rights to the IP you generate as a functionary of the university. If this is a private consulting arrangement between your mentor and a company, I think its even more important to get the school's blessing, to make sure nobody is taking advantage of you. \$\endgroup\$ – Scott Seidman Jan 22 '13 at 23:18

Three universal research topics in Wireless Sensor Networks are:

  1. Energy -- can never have enough!
  2. Time Synchronization -- can never be tight enough!
  3. Localization -- can never be accurate enough!

These are the three accepted areas of WSN where any improvement is heralded as a contribution. Pick something in there (I worked on the last one).

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you very much for your answer, I suspected this question would possibly get closed. I was thinking about localization in terms of fighting problems with building obstruction and "wrong" RSSI vs distance. \$\endgroup\$ – chwi Jan 23 '13 at 9:42

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