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Design of a flexible and robust gateway to collect sensor data in intermittent power environments

Zennaro, M. and A. Bagula (2010) Design of a flexible and robust gateway to collect sensor data in intermittent power environments. International Journal of Sensor Networks 8(3/4).

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Abstract

The development of a Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) gateway is challenging for sites where limited infrastructures lead to frequent power shortages and network unreliability. In this paper, we present a low-power, low-cost 802.15.4 and 802.11 compatible solution which uses open source software to meet local conditions. Using the SunSPOT motes on a system which is mostly platform independent, our system is based on the Fox embedded Linux board and equipped with a USB flash drive and a USB WiFi adapter. The system can be solar powered, and the results of a solar system design are presented. All the hardware components are available off-the-shelf and are easy to assemble. We conclude that our system is preferred for applications in remote areas, where a stable power supply and a reliable network infrastructure are lacking. Furthermore, it can be used to extend the range of WSNs by layering a network of long-range motes above islands of low-range motes.

EPrint Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:WSN; wireless sensor network; embedded device; wireless
Subjects:C Computer Systems Organization: C.2 COMPUTER-COMMUNICATION NETWORKS
ID Code:664
Deposited By:Bagula, Antoine
Deposited On:22 Febuary 2011