Special Issue "Autonomous Sensors"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2017
Sensors are present in many electronic products and systems and are essential for gathering relevant information of physical and chemical quantities. Their importance is growing with increasing use in smart phones and other mobile devices, such as smart watches and health- and sport-related gadgets. In these products, as the power supply comes from a battery, a low-power consumption is a must. Sensors are also the core of wireless sensor networks and the Internet-of-Things, which are employed, for instance, in smart cities and buildings, where energy harvesting is a very attractive solution for power supply.
Autonomous Sensors are referred here as electronic sensors and their electronic interfaces that can operate autonomously and wirelessly during a relatively long period of time from an embedded local power source, which can be either a battery or an energy harvester. Further, the autonomous sensor is expected to be of low cost and small size. This Special Issue invites reviews and original papers dealing with relevant aspects of Autonomous Sensors, mainly focused on (a) improving the accuracy/resolution of the measurement for a given power consumption, and (b) increasing their operation time or allowing a “perpetual” operation. Average consumption of the autonomous sensor is expected in the sub-watt range. Thus, relevant topics are the reduction of the power consumption of the electronic sensors and their interfaces, and the increase of the power efficiency of the power management section. In case that energy harvesting is proposed, techniques for maximizing the harvested power are relevant. Papers that focus on specific applications or deal with all or most of the blocks of an autonomous sensor are also welcome.
Dr. Manuel Gasulla
Dr. Ferran Reverter
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- Low-power smart sensors
- Low-power sensor electronic interfaces
- Microcontroller-based readout circuits
- Low-power management
- Energy harvesting
- Maximum power point tracking