Gold medal to SICS for European research project

29 October, 2010 - 14:37

The SICS-led European ESNA project has received the ITEA Achievement Award gold medal at the
ITEA co-summit in Ghent, Belgium. The award is given annually by the
ITEA organization to "highly successful projects with outstanding
contributions". Among the project partners are ABB, Acciona and CRL

The ESNA (Sensor Network Architecture) project ran from 2006-2009 with the purpose of developing a
technical foundation for wireless sensor networks and the Internet of
Things. One of the major results was SICS' open source Contiki
operating system, today one of the leading operating systems for
wireless sensor networks and the Internet of Things.

The ESNA project explored sensor networks in industrial contexts
including energy monitoring and management, industrial process
control, and precision agriculture. The technology is now included in
commercial products from many project partners, including ABB and CRL

"The ITEA Board recognises the important role that ESNA is playing in
the Internet of things with business-oriented wireless-sensor network
applications using a standard architecture and proof-of-concept
implementations," said Philippe Letellier, Vice-Chairman of the ITEA
2 Board. "ESNA offers an impressive balance between advanced
technological innovation - including the world's smallest
implementation of IPV6 and optimisation of radio communications
between devices to reduce energy use - and a  business-oriented
approach to defining applications."

"The technology developed and the knowledge gained in the ESNA
project are now an important part of our mesh technology product
line," said Björn Karlsson, Vice President Business Development of
CRL Sweden. "Participating in the project gave us access to research
results that we could immediately apply to our commercial offering."

"The ESNA project funded a critical part of the development of the
Contiki operating system," said Adam Dunkels, principal author and
project leader of the Contiki project. "ESNA gave us the opportunity
to put our system into good use in industrial applications and for us
to learn from the specific challenges in commercial deployments."

"A unique characteristic of the ESNA project is the strong emphasis
on innovation for challenging application domains", said Olle Olsson,
project leader of the ESNA project. "Such application work has not
only resulted in successful commercial exploitation, but has also
uncovered critical requirements that underlying software platforms
have to fulfil".

The ITEA Achievement Award

Each year, the ITEA Achievement Award highlights three highly
successful projects with outstanding contributions to the ITEA
programme. Major factors include innovation, exploitation and
dissemination. The project gets either the bronze, silver or the
gold medal.

This year, the award winners were announced at the 2010 ITEA
symposium, held in Ghent, Belgium on October 26-27, 2010.

The ESNA project

ESNA - started in 2006 and finished at end of 2009 - was a
collaborative research project with 20 partners from six European
countries: Sweden, Finland, Belgium, Spain, Slovenia, and Croatia. The
partners were universities, research institutes, large and small industry. SICS led the project.

The following Swedish companies participated: ABB Corporate Research,
Communication Research Labs Sweden (CRL), Vibrel, Lansen Technology,
Electronic Guard Center (EGC), and Vendolocus Development. The
Swedish part of the project was funded by VINNOVA and the
participating Swedish industrial partners.

In total, all the ESNA partners provided 70 person-years of effort to
the project.

ESNA Project leader: Olle Olsson (in photo), SICS, +46 8 633 15 19, olleo [at]
Contiki chief architect: Adam Dunkels, SICS, +46 8 633 16 14,
adam [at]


ITEA (Information Technology for European Advancement) is a
pan-European research programme within the Eureka Framework, where
projects perform advanced R&D on software technology and
applications. The project portfolio contains more than 100 projects,
with more than 1000 partners from 30 countries, and the ambition is
that by 2013 more 30,000 person-years will have been invested in
advanced R&D projects. 

Photo by Lars Nyman.