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Sensors 2016, 16(5), 671; doi:10.3390/s16050671

On the Probabilistic Deployment of Smart Grid Networks in TV White Space

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Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies, University of Naples Federico II, Naples 80138, Italy
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Multimedia Communications Laboratory, CNIT, Naples 80126, Italy
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Academic Editor: Leonhard M. Reindl
Received: 29 February 2016 / Revised: 4 May 2016 / Accepted: 6 May 2016 / Published: 10 May 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Sensor Networks)
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Abstract

To accommodate the rapidly increasing demand for wireless broadband communications in Smart Grid (SG) networks, research efforts are currently ongoing to enable the SG networks to utilize the TV spectrum according to the Cognitive Radio paradigm. To this aim, in this letter, we develop an analytical framework for the optimal deployment of multiple closely-located SG Neighborhood Area Networks (NANs) concurrently using the same TV spectrum. The objective is to derive the optimal values for both the number of NANs and their coverage. More specifically, regarding the number of NANs, we derive the optimal closed-form expression, i.e., the closed-form expression that assures the deployment of the maximum number of NANs in the considered region satisfying a given collision constraint on the transmissions of the NANs. Regarding the NAN coverage, we derive the optimal closed-form expression, i.e., the closed-form expression of the NAN transmission range that assures the maximum coverage of each NAN in the considered region satisfying the given collision constraint. All the theoretical results are derived by adopting a stochastic approach. Finally, numerical results validate the theoretical analysis. View Full-Text
Keywords: white space; smart grid; cognitive radio; sensor network white space; smart grid; cognitive radio; sensor network
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Cacciapuoti, A.S.; Caleffi, M.; Paura, L. On the Probabilistic Deployment of Smart Grid Networks in TV White Space. Sensors 2016, 16, 671.

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