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Ultra Low Power Wireless Sensor Network for Pink Iguanas Monitoring

Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Via del Politecnico 1, 00133 Rome, Italy
INSEAN, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Via del Fosso del Cavaliere, 100, 00133 Rome, Italy
Department of Biology, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Via della Ricerca Scientifica 1, 00133 Rome, Italy
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Presented at the Eurosensors 2018 Conference, Graz, Austria, 9–12 September 2018.
Proceedings 2018, 2(13), 978;
Published: 30 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Proceedings of EUROSENSORS 2018)
Energy management is a key issue in the design of long-lived wireless sensor networks. (WSNs). Energy is used to collect data by sensors and to communicate it to other nodes and to the gateways. The energy management procedures aim at minimizing the energy consumption of both the data acquisition and transmission activities. A careful design is crucial when the devices are powered by energy harvesting techniques, such as solar power. This paper describes a device architecture for a WSN node designed to monitor the habit of pink iguanas: a recently discovered species living in remote locations at the Galápagos Islands. The few individuals of this species live in a relatively small area (around 25 km2 on top of Volcano Wolf, Isla Isabela) that lacks of any available communication infrastructure. The design combines an ultra low power sleep mode and a long range communication capability that requires a very high power consumption.
Keywords: energy harvesting; IoT; animal monitoring; Wireless Sensor Network energy harvesting; IoT; animal monitoring; Wireless Sensor Network
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Loreti, P.; Catini, A.; Luca, M.D.; Bracciale, L.; Gentile, G.; Natale, C.D. Ultra Low Power Wireless Sensor Network for Pink Iguanas Monitoring. Proceedings 2018, 2, 978.

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