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Sensors 2012, 12(8), 10014-10033; doi:10.3390/s120810014
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A Wireless Interface for Replacing the Cables in Bridge-Sensor Applications

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Received: 18 June 2012; in revised form: 13 July 2012 / Accepted: 16 July 2012 / Published: 25 July 2012
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
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Abstract: This paper presents a solution in which a wireless interface is employed to replace the cables in bridge-sensor measurement applications. The most noticeable feature of the presented approach is the fact that the wireless interface simply replaces the cables without any additional hardware modification to the existing system. In this approach, the concept of reciprocal topology is employed, where the transmitter side acquires signals with its own transfer function and the receiver side reconstructs them with the transfer function reciprocal to the transmitter transfer function. In this paper the principle of data acquisition and reconstruction is described together with the implementation details of the signal transfer from the sensor to the signal-monitoring equipment. The wireless data communication was investigated and proprietary data-reduction methods were developed. The proposed methods and algorithms were implemented using two different wireless technologies. The performance was evaluated with a dedicated data-acquisition system and finally, the test results were analyzed. The two different sets of results indicated the high level of amplitude and the temporal accuracy of the wirelessly transferred sensor signals.
Keywords: bridge-sensor measurements; wireless interface; reciprocal topology; sensor data integrity and reduction; comparative test methods; signal stream delay testing bridge-sensor measurements; wireless interface; reciprocal topology; sensor data integrity and reduction; comparative test methods; signal stream delay testing
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Pavlin, M.; Novak, F. A Wireless Interface for Replacing the Cables in Bridge-Sensor Applications. Sensors 2012, 12, 10014-10033.

AMA Style

Pavlin M, Novak F. A Wireless Interface for Replacing the Cables in Bridge-Sensor Applications. Sensors. 2012; 12(8):10014-10033.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Pavlin, Marko; Novak, Franc. 2012. "A Wireless Interface for Replacing the Cables in Bridge-Sensor Applications." Sensors 12, no. 8: 10014-10033.


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