Section: Overall Objectives
It is forecast that the vast majority of Internet connections will be wireless. The EVA project grasps this opportunity and focuses on wireless communication. EVA tackles challenges related to providing efficient communication in wireless networks and, more generally, in all networks that are not already organized when set up, and consequently need to evolve and spontaneously find a match between application requirements and the environment. These networks can use opportunistic and/or collaborative communication schemes. They can evolve through optimization and self-learning techniques. Every effort is made to ensure that the results provided by EVA have the greatest possible impact through standardization. The miniaturization and ubiquitous nature of computing devices has opened the way to the deployment of a new generation of wireless (sensor) networks. These networks are central to the work in EVA, as EVA focuses on such crucial issues as power conservation, connectivity, determinism, reliability and latency. Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) deployments are also be a new key subject, especially for emergency situations (e.g. after a disaster). Industrial process automation and environmental monitoring are considered in greater depth.