Stephen Seawright
WiSAR Gateway Manager
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WiSAR LAB - Wireless Sensor Technologies - Letterkenny

The WiSAR Lab is an Enterprise Ireland funded Technology Gateway ( based in the CoLab in the Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT). The core objective of the WiSAR Gateway is to become a hub of technology solutions for companies locally and nationally, utilising its platform of wireless sensor technologies to a variety of targeted sectors from systems for health monitoring, RF design and testing to applications of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) for the optimisation of industrial processes. A key strength of WiSAR is its capacity to work with companies to apply wireless and embedded systems from electrical, power and RF design through to working prototype development.

WiSAR Lab has particular expertise in Body Area Networks(BAN) and the application of WSNs in buildings with an emphasis on evaluating and minimising the power consumption of the devices used. Our goal is to be a centre of excellence in WSNs and a hub of research and applied solutions for technology companies.

The Body Area Network (BAN) is a network of implantable and/or body worn wireless devices, generally connected to an external network via a hub, which is either worn or mounted close to the body. There are many potential applications for this technology including medical devices, health monitoring, elderly monitoring, disability assistance, sports, and entertainment. The WiSAR Lab attends the IEEE 802.15.6 Working Group, which is developing a standard for BAN's.

Our research work concentrates on the design and analysis of the MAC and Routing Protocols to be used in a BAN and evaluating the protocols' performance in real BAN testbeds and simulated environments the design of wireless sensor technology for networks for environmental monitoring and control, with a deployed office testbed, using off the shelf 802.15.4 technology and our own hardware and software platforms. 

The WiSAR Lab Industry collaborations has included feasibility studies, RF testing, software design and full prototype development, including software, PCB design/build as well as 3D Modelling and fabrication.

The WiSAR Lab previously received an Enterprise Ireland Capital Equipment grant, which has allowed us to develop a state of the art RF lab to support our research and client companies.

Research Themes:
  • Wearable Tech: Healthcare, Sport and Tourism
  • Remote Monitoring: Industrial Control, Environmental, Marine
  • Power Electronics: Renewable Energy and Electric Vehicles
  • Communications: WLAN, Zigbee, Bluetooth, UWB, RF and Microwave

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