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Proceedings 2017, 1(4), 568;

A Radio-Triggered Wireless Sensor Platform Powered by Soil Bacteria

Department of Industrial Engineering, DII, University of Trento, 38122 Trento, Italy
Presented at the Eurosensors 2017 Conference, Paris, France, 3–6 September 2017.
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Published: 21 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Proceedings of Eurosensors 2017)
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In the era of the Internet of Things (IoT), where data sensing is expected anywhere and anytime, important issues about energy autonomy of sensors and acquisition systems are still open. This work addresses the problem of powering sensors and transmitting efficiently data on request in a multitude of outdoor/indoor applications, where the presence of soil is considered (e.g., smart farming, home surveillance, smart cities …). We present an ultra-low power wireless architecture, supplied directly by colony of bacteria naturally present in any kind of soil on Earth. The ultra-low power challenges limit the use of wireless communication at the minimum (receiving radio off). Nevertheless, the system is still ready to promptly start any incoming communication thanks to a radio-trigger sub-circuit capable of detecting receiving messages at nearly-zero power consumption.
Keywords: microbial fuel cell; MFC; wake-up-radio; low-power; IoT microbial fuel cell; MFC; wake-up-radio; low-power; IoT
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Brunelli, D.; Rossi, M.; Tosato, P. A Radio-Triggered Wireless Sensor Platform Powered by Soil Bacteria. Proceedings 2017, 1, 568.

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