Design and Field Test of a WSN Platform Prototype for Long-Term Environmental Monitoring
AbstractLong-term wildfire monitoring using distributed in situ temperature sensors is an accurate, yet demanding environmental monitoring application, which requires long-life, low-maintenance, low-cost sensors and a simple, fast, error-proof deployment procedure. We present in this paper the most important design considerations and optimizations of all elements of a low-cost WSN platform prototype for long-term, low-maintenance pervasive wildfire monitoring, its preparation for a nearly three-month field test, the analysis of the causes of failure during the test and the lessons learned for platform improvement. The main components of the total cost of the platform (nodes, deployment and maintenance) are carefully analyzed and optimized for this application. The gateways are designed to operate with resources that are generally used for sensor nodes, while the requirements and cost of the sensor nodes are significantly lower. We define and test in simulation and in the field experiment a simple, but effective communication protocol for this application. It helps to lower the cost of the nodes and field deployment procedure, while extending the theoretical lifetime of the sensor nodes to over 16 years on a single 1 Ah lithium battery. View Full-Text
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Lazarescu, M.T. Design and Field Test of a WSN Platform Prototype for Long-Term Environmental Monitoring. Sensors 2015, 15, 9481-9518.
Lazarescu MT. Design and Field Test of a WSN Platform Prototype for Long-Term Environmental Monitoring. Sensors. 2015; 15(4):9481-9518.Chicago/Turabian Style
Lazarescu, Mihai T. 2015. "Design and Field Test of a WSN Platform Prototype for Long-Term Environmental Monitoring." Sensors 15, no. 4: 9481-9518.