Embedded systems in the wild: ZebraNet software, hardware, and deployment experiences

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The Princeton ZebraNet project is a collaboration of engineers and biologists to build mobile, wireless embedded systems for wildlife tracking. Over the lifetime of the project, we have implemented a number of compression, communication, and data management algorithms specifically tailored for the small memory, constrained energy and sparse connectivity of these long-lifetime systems. We have gone through three major generations of hardware and software implementations, and have done two successful real-world deployments on Plains Zebras in Kenya, with a third deployment planned for Summer, 2007. In this talk, I will discuss our real-life experiences with crafting embedded systems hardware and software, and our deployment experiences in Africa. I will also put forward a vision for how portability, reliability, and energy-efficiency can be well-supported in future embedded systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1
Number of pages1
JournalSIGPLAN Notices (ACM Special Interest Group on Programming Languages)
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


  • Design
  • Experimentation
  • Performance
  • Reliability


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