Electrical & Computer Engineering, Department of


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2011 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference (GLOBECOM 2011) doi: 10.1109/GLOCOM.2011.6134233


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A dual-network Cyber-physical Networking (CPN) testbed developed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is described. The CPN testbed consists of two geographically disparate wireless sensor networks connected by a traditional TCP/IP network and enables peer-to-peer communication between each sensor in the network. The functionality of the testbed is enhanced by a range of software tools that support remote programming and network monitoring, and real-time visualization of sensor data. The resulting architecture supports easy deployment and evaluation of applications for both traditional and interconnected wireless sensor networks. To demonstrate the features of this testbed, a novel ping application was developed and deployed as a proof-of-concept application for peer-to-peer communication in geographically separated wireless sensor networks. Experimental evaluations of the ping application yield insight into the communications overhead that can be expected in future applications of peer-to-peer interconnected sensor networks.