MICS was launched in 2001 as a National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) in the area of wireless sensor networks (WSN). It was a nation-wide center encompassing more than 40 faculty members across various Swiss universities. The NCCR MICS has been tackling all the technological challenges that had to be addressed in order for WSN to realize their full potential, from the study of fundamental principles to the development of platforms and their deployment in applications (mainly in the environmental area), and to the creation of start-ups.
The NCCR MICS has closed its activities on 31 October 2012.
"The SNF Division IV was impressed by the variety and quality of achievements in terms of science, international visibility, knowledge and technology transfer, and outreach".