Full-scale applications


Prof. Bill F. Spencer, Jr.

Prof. Gul Agha

ISHMP Getting Started for New Users

Programming the ISHMP Toolsuite V3.0.0 and Collecting Data with Imote2s

Last updated on February 9, 2011

Getting Started Guide for New Users (pdf)

This guide is designed for new users who have Imote2s that are configured with the TinyOS boot loader and have the ISM400 (formerly the SHM-A) sensor board. This guide will instruct new users on how to configure Imotes2s to use the RemoteSesnsing application from the Illinois Structural Health Monitoring Project (ISHMP) Services Toolsuite Version 3.0.0 and how to acquire data with the Imote2 smart sensor platform using the ISM400 sensor board.

Following the instructions in this guide will allow you to:

  • Configure Imote2s with the RemoteSensing application from the ISHMP Toolsuite Version 3.0.0
  • Configure the necessary files on the PC to quickly start using Imote2s
  • Acquire acceleration data from a network of Imote2s using ISM400 sensor boards
  • Deploy the Imote2s on full-scale structures
  • Trouble-shoot the network

The hardware required to use this guide is:

  • Computer running the Windows operating system
  • USB to mini cable
  • IPR2400 Imote2 preconfigured with software from the ISHMP Services Toolsuite
  • IIB2400 interface board
  • IBB2400 battery board
  • ISM400 (formerly SHM-A) sensor board

Several additional files are required to successfully follow this guide. The files are available for download at the ISHMP website in the file

For Step 5 and 6 of this guide you will need at least two Imote2s to create a "network." One Imote2 will connect to the PC via the USB and act as the gateway between the PC and your network of remote sensors. This guide will refer to an Imote2 connected to the PC as a gateway node and nodes in the network as leaf nodes.

For those users who wish to update preconfigured Imote2s with the latest version of the ISHMP Toolsuite, please follow Steps 1 thru 3 of the guide.

Users with the ITS400 sensor board, those who wish to use other applications included in the ISHMP Toolsuite Version 3.0.0, and those interested in developing their own applications should follow the instructions for Advanced Users and Developers.