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Sensors 2016, 16(11), 1977; doi:10.3390/s16111977

Ultra-Low Power Optical Sensor for Xylophagous Insect Detection in Wood

Instituto ITACA, Universitat Politècnica de València, Camino de Vera, s/n, 46022 Valencia, Spain
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Received: 22 September 2016 / Revised: 16 November 2016 / Accepted: 18 November 2016 / Published: 23 November 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
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The early detection of pests is key for the maintenance of high-value masterpieces and historical buildings made of wood. In this work, we the present detailed design of an ultra-low power sensor device that permits the continuous monitoring of the presence of termites and other xylophagous insects. The operating principle of the sensor is based on the variations of reflected light induced by the presence of termites, and specific processing algorithms that deal with the behavior of the electronics and the natural ageing of components. With a typical CR2032 lithium battery, the device lasts more than nine years, and is ideal for incorporation in more complex monitoring systems where maintenance tasks should be minimized. View Full-Text
Keywords: termites; low-power; detection algorithms termites; low-power; detection algorithms
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Perles, A.; Mercado, R.; Capella, J.V.; Serrano, J.J. Ultra-Low Power Optical Sensor for Xylophagous Insect Detection in Wood. Sensors 2016, 16, 1977.

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