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Sensors 2016, 16(7), 1113; doi:10.3390/s16071113

Telecommunication Platforms for Transmitting Sensor Data over Communication Networks—State of the Art and Challenges

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Department of Telecommunications and Teleinformatics, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Wybrzeze Wyspianskiego 27, 50-370 Wroclaw, Poland
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Department of Electrical Power Engineering, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Wybrzeze Wyspianskiego 27, 50-370 Wroclaw, Poland
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Academic Editors: Mihai Lazarescu and Luciano Lavagno
Received: 22 April 2016 / Revised: 1 July 2016 / Accepted: 4 July 2016 / Published: 19 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Data in the IoT: from Sensing to Meaning)
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Abstract

The importance of constructing wide-area sensor networks for holistic environmental state evaluation has been demonstrated. A general structure of such a network has been presented with distinction of three segments: local (based on ZigBee, Ethernet and ModBus techniques), core (base on cellular technologies) and the storage/application. The implementation of these techniques requires knowledge of their technical limitations and electromagnetic compatibility issues. The former refer to ZigBee performance degradation in multi-hop transmission, whereas the latter are associated with the common electromagnetic spectrum sharing with other existing technologies or with undesired radiated emissions generated by the radio modules of the sensor network. In many cases, it is also necessary to provide a measurement station with autonomous energy source, such as solar. As stems from measurements of the energetic efficiency of these sources, one should apply them with care and perform detailed power budget since their real performance may turn out to be far from expected. This, in turn, may negatively affect—in particular—the operation of chemical sensors implemented in the network as they often require additional heating. View Full-Text
Keywords: wireless; cellular; ZigBee; electromagnetic compatibility (EMC); power supply wireless; cellular; ZigBee; electromagnetic compatibility (EMC); power supply
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Staniec, K.; Habrych, M. Telecommunication Platforms for Transmitting Sensor Data over Communication Networks—State of the Art and Challenges. Sensors 2016, 16, 1113.

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