Wireless grids are wireless computer networks consisting of different types of electronic devices with the ability to share their resources with any other device in the network in an ad-hoc manner. A definition of the wireless grid can be given as: "Ad-hoc, distributed resource-sharing networks between heterogeneous wireless devices" The following key characteristics further clarify this concept:
- No centralized control
- Small, low powered devices
- Heterogeneous applications and interfaces
- New types of resources like cameras, GPS trackers and sensors
- Dynamic and unstable users / resources
The technologies that make up the wireless grid can be divided into two main categories; ad-hoc networking and grid computing.
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