Secure wireless sensor and actuator communication networks

This program pursues the vision of eliminating cables and enabling ad hoc, seamless and robust mesh communication by means of a holistic system approach. With embedded artificial intelligence (AI), both in devices as well as edge computer gateways, this will lead to “distributed AIs” communicating seamlessly and working together. Completely new uses are created in this wireless world – cyber-physical services (CPS) that can be addressed by the Austrian EBS industry using this program’s technology.

At its core, the program is concerned with heterogeneous connectivity, which is necessary for edge computing, with a particular focus on wireless communication networks (including 5G, LPWAN, etc.), autonomously-powered sensor nodes and edge computing gateways for machine type communication (also known as M2M).

The research topics comprise low-power protocols and energy-harvesting concepts for sensor nodes and massive IOT networks, time-critical wireless networks for company-critical communication, wireless network security and connectivity platforms for digital twins.


Silicon Austria Labs is one of the most exciting re­search initia­tives in Europe. Re­searching together with SAL means close coop­er­a­tion along the added-value chain to work on complex prob­lems and re­search ques­tions rele­vant to the future. The joint re­search results will be able to be imple­mented for the compa­nies involved (including SMEs).

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