Colored flags mark sensors for EECS Research

July 28, 2005

Facilities staff have received some questions about small flags that have been placed in the ground in parts of the field station. Flags are being used for a variety of purposes, including campus Environment, Health and Safety surveys and expansion of the Institute for Transportation Studies bus test track. Many of the new flags are part of a research project known as NEST (Networked Embedded Systems Technology) that is led by faculty in EECS.  The research project team is preparing to place 600-1000 sensor nodes in a specific area at the RFS for a demonstration planned at the end of August. (A photo of the project "deployment area" is online at 

The solar powered nodes, the locations of which are marked by the small flags, will make up a large wireless network on which the NEST team will run a variety of tests.)