ISSN : 1796-2056
Volume : 3    Issue : 4    Date : April 2008

The Tiny Agent - Wireless Sensor Networks Controlling Energy Resources
Glenn Platt, Joshua Wall, Philip Valencia, and John K. Ward
Page(s): 42-50
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CSIRO is using wireless sensor network technology to deploy “tiny agents”, working as autonomous
controllers for individual pieces of electrical load/generation equipment in a distributed energy
system. The tiny agent concept is a novel application of wireless sensor networks, providing the
benefits of multi-agent systems science in a cheap, mobile, and highly distributable platform.
However, the performance constraints inherent to wireless sensor networks mean the real-world
realization of a tiny agent system is a significant challenge. This article details our work on tiny
agents. We include a brief review of multiagent system benefits, and then discuss the challenges
inherent to the tiny agent concept. We also detail our applications work in applying wireless sensor
network technology to operate as tiny agents, with a focus on intelligent heating, ventilation and air-
conditioning control.

Index Terms
Demand Response, Distributed Energy, Multi-Agent Systems, Wireless Sensor Networks