DEWI (Dependable Embedded Wireless Infrastructure)

DEWI-Logo-FINAL-RGB-negOver the past decades wireless communication technology has made life for citizens more convenient, be it in private, in public, or in business. However, wireless connections can reach far beyond mere communication needs for citizens, in particular in combination with information retrieval from the close environment via wireless sensor networks. This will significantly increase the level of flexibility for citizens including professional users in their environments. Here wired technologies are still dominant, mainly due to the lack of dependability, security, safety, privacy, or auto-configuration for wireless networks. Furthermore, current wireless solutions do not have a common reference design and service oriented architecture that is needed to build a market environment where competition enables attractive prices for citizens.

To make this possible, DEWI (Dependable Embedded Wireless Infrastructure) will provide key solutions for wireless seamless connectivity and interoperability in smart cities and infrastructures by considering everyday physical environments of citizens in buildings, cars, trains as well as airplanes, which will significantly contribute to the emerging smart home and smart public space.
For this purpose DEWI introduces the concept of a locally adaptable wireless “sensor & communication bubble” featuring
1. locally confined wireless internal and external access
2. secure and dependable wireless communication and safe operation
3. fast, easy and stress-free access to smart environments
4. flexible self-organization, re-configuration, resiliency and adaptability
5. open solutions and standards for cross-domain reusability and interoperability.

Nimbus Role:
Nimbus is one of 58 partners from 11 European countries participating in this project, contributing to the research activities in the building domain. In particular, Nimbus researchers will investigate the challenges that are associated with dense, large-scale deployments of wireless devices in buildings. Especially wirelessly controlled lighting has some unique challenges in terms of responsiveness and reliability. Nimbus aims to develop solutions on system architecture and protocol levels to address these challenges.

Project Team:

DEWI is being led in the Nimbus Centre by Bernd Wenning <>


Visit the official DEWI website at

This project is co-funded by the ARTEMIS Joint Undertaking



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