How could a sensor network be useful to an enterprise WAN?

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How could a wireless sensor network be useful to an enterprise wide area network (WAN)?

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Technical writer Beth Schultz writes all about how sensor networks can be used in enterprise wide area networks in this <a href=”http://searchenterprisewan.techtarget.com/generic/0,295582,sid200_gci1507712,00.html”>wireless sensor network overview</a>. She says monitoring business inventory or a data center for power consumption are just a couple ways sensor networks could be useful to the enterprise. I hope that helps!

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  • carlosdl
    "How could a wireless sensor network be useful to an enterprise wide area network (WAN)?" The sensor network would use the WAN (or LAN) to transmit collected data, but it won't be useful to the WAN itself. If having the ability to collect data from sensors will help the organization achieve its goals, then that organization will benefit from complementing its WAN with a sensor network, but that is not necessarily the case for every organization. A couple of weeks ago I read an interesting study (can't find the link) conducted by a university, describing how a sensor network could be used to monitor students activities inside the campus for security purposes, using their network to transmit collected data in real time, and to notify people when something unusual is detected by analyzing collected data. This is just one example of how a sensor network could be useful to an organization.
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