Unique to this workshop, we will ask for submissions reporting the failure of actual embedded sensing system deployments complete with data that can shed insight as to how the problems affected such sensor based systems and their goals. We want the failures, problems and glitches that wasted hours of researcher time with head scratching whilst trying to diagnose and fix subtle or unexpected bugs. This workshop focuses on the point at which all of the simulations and tests done in the lab are taken out into the field, and the previous assumptions fail. The overarching aim is to establish a process that encourages the refinement and development of a new science of sensor systems to enable reliable, maintainable deployments that last life-times expected of them.

In doing so we wish:

  • To share experiences of real IoT developments “in the wild”.
  • To understand the differences between the theoretical performance of results and real experiences.
  • To map failure to causes and to explore the more and less obvious causalities.
  • To produce a list of research findings and areas to prioritise for further investigation.

The workshop scope includes:

  • Real WSN/IOT deployments that either experienced some, or ended in, failure, complete with data to show what failed and a detailed analysis of the causes of the failure and the lessons learned.
  • Examples of a WSN or other sensor deployments that where either hacked or attacked in a nefarious way, with as much data and details as can be provided.
  • Any practices or tools, along with methodology and description,that have evolved out of sensor system deployment failures that are used to prevent further problems and that can be shown to improve the success rate of Sensor System deployments.


Privacy Issues:

The organisers of FAILSAFE recognise that some information from deployments may have a sensitive nature or be under a non-disclosure agreement. In these cases, it is acceptable to anonymise any information as long as it does not inhibit the point or issues being presented in the work. If you have any queries about this at all, please contact the program chair Michael Breza ( for further advise and clarification.