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International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 385892, 12 pages
Research Article

FlexFT: A Generic Framework for Developing Fault-Tolerant Applications in the Sensor Web

1DC, Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), 13565-905 São Carlos, SP, Brazil
2ICMC, University of São Paulo (USP), 13566-585 São Carlos, SP, Brazil
3EACH, University of São Paulo (USP), 03828-000 São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Received 29 August 2012; Accepted 4 December 2012

Academic Editor: Yunghsiang Han

Copyright © 2013 Delano Medeiros Beder et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Fault-tolerant systems are expected to operate in a variety of devices ranging from standard PCs to embedded devices. In addition, the emergence of new software technologies has required these applications to meet the needs of heterogeneous software platforms. However, the existing approaches to build fault-tolerant systems are often targeted at a particular platform and software technology. The objective of this paper is to discuss the use of —a generic component-based framework for the construction of adaptive fault-tolerant systems that can integrate and reuse technologies and deploy them across heterogeneous devices. Furthermore, provides a standardized and interoperable interface for sensor observations by relying upon the “Sensor Web” paradigm established by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). We have implemented a Java prototype of our framework and evaluated the potential benefits by carrying out case studies and performance measurements. By implementing and deploying these case studies in standard PCs as well as in sensor nodes, we show that can cope with the problem of a wide degree of heterogeneity with minimal resource overheads.