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Communication Range Dynamics and Performance Analysis for a Self-Adaptive Transmission Power Controller

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Centro de Investigación en Tecnologías Software y Sistemas Multimedia para la Sostenibilidad (CITSEM), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Calle Alan Turing 3, 28031 Madrid, Spain
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Centro de Automática y Robótica, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Carretera Campo Real Km. 0.2, 28500 Arganda del Rey, Spain
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This paper is an extended version of our paper published in Communication Range Dynamics Using an Energy Saving Self-Adaptive Transmission Power Controller in a Wireless Sensor Network. In the Proceedings of the 2nd International Electronic Conference on Sensors and Applications, 15–30 November 2015; doi:10.3390/ecsa-2-D006.
These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editor: Stefano Mariani
Sensors 2016, 16(5), 684; https://doi.org/10.3390/s16050684
Received: 31 March 2016 / Revised: 2 May 2016 / Accepted: 5 May 2016 / Published: 12 May 2016
The deployment of the nodes in a Wireless Sensor and Actuator Network (WSAN) is typically restricted by the sensing and acting coverage. This implies that the locations of the nodes may be, and usually are, not optimal from the point of view of the radio communication. Additionally, when the transmission power is tuned for those locations, there are other unpredictable factors that can cause connectivity failures, like interferences, signal fading due to passing objects and, of course, radio irregularities. A control-based self-adaptive system is a typical solution to improve the energy consumption while keeping good connectivity. In this paper, we explore how the communication range for each node evolves along the iterations of an energy saving self-adaptive transmission power controller when using different parameter sets in an outdoor scenario, providing a WSAN that automatically adapts to surrounding changes keeping good connectivity. The results obtained in this paper show how the parameters with the best performance keep a k-connected network, where k is in the range of the desired node degree plus or minus a specified tolerance value. View Full-Text
Keywords: self-adaptive systems; wireless sensor networks; transmission power control; connectivity; communication range self-adaptive systems; wireless sensor networks; transmission power control; connectivity; communication range
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Lucas Martínez, N.; Martínez Ortega, J.-F.; Hernández Díaz, V.; Del Toro Matamoros, R.M. Communication Range Dynamics and Performance Analysis for a Self-Adaptive Transmission Power Controller. Sensors 2016, 16, 684.

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Lucas Martínez N, Martínez Ortega J-F, Hernández Díaz V, Del Toro Matamoros RM. Communication Range Dynamics and Performance Analysis for a Self-Adaptive Transmission Power Controller. Sensors. 2016; 16(5):684.

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Lucas Martínez, Néstor; Martínez Ortega, José-Fernán; Hernández Díaz, Vicente; Del Toro Matamoros, Raúl M. 2016. "Communication Range Dynamics and Performance Analysis for a Self-Adaptive Transmission Power Controller" Sensors 16, no. 5: 684.

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