Lessons learned on solar powered wireless sensor network deployments in urban, desert environments

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http://hdl.handle.net/10754/564167
Title:
Lessons learned on solar powered wireless sensor network deployments in urban, desert environments
Authors:
Dehwah, Ahmad H.; Mousa, Mustafa ( 0000-0001-9355-1343 ) ; Claudel, Christian G. ( 0000-0003-0702-6548 )
Abstract:
The successful deployment of a large scale solar powered wireless sensor network in an urban, desert environment is a very complex task. Specific cities of such environments cause a variety of operational problems, ranging from hardware faults to operational challenges, for instance due to the high variability of solar energy availability. Even a seemingly functional sensor network created in the lab does not guarantee reliable long term operation, which is absolutely necessary given the cost and difficulty of accessing sensor nodes in urban environments. As part of a larger traffic flow wireless sensor network project, we conducted several deployments in the last two years to evaluate the long-term performance of solar-powered urban wireless sensor networks in a desert area. In this article, we share our experiences in all domains of sensor network operations, from the conception of hardware to post-deployment analysis, including operational constraints that directly impact the software that can be run. We illustrate these experiences using numerous experimental results, and present multiple unexpected operational problems as well as some possible solutions to address them. We also show that current technology is far from meeting all operational constraints for these demanding applications, in which sensor networks are to operate for years to become economically appealing.
KAUST Department:
Electrical Engineering Program
Publisher:
Elsevier BV
Journal:
Ad Hoc Networks
Issue Date:
May-2015
DOI:
10.1016/j.adhoc.2015.01.013
Type:
Article
ISSN:
15708705
Appears in Collections:
Articles; Electrical Engineering Program

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dc.contributor.authorDehwah, Ahmad H.en
dc.contributor.authorMousa, Mustafaen
dc.contributor.authorClaudel, Christian G.en
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-03T12:34:50Zen
dc.date.available2015-08-03T12:34:50Zen
dc.date.issued2015-05en
dc.identifier.issn15708705en
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.adhoc.2015.01.013en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/564167en
dc.description.abstractThe successful deployment of a large scale solar powered wireless sensor network in an urban, desert environment is a very complex task. Specific cities of such environments cause a variety of operational problems, ranging from hardware faults to operational challenges, for instance due to the high variability of solar energy availability. Even a seemingly functional sensor network created in the lab does not guarantee reliable long term operation, which is absolutely necessary given the cost and difficulty of accessing sensor nodes in urban environments. As part of a larger traffic flow wireless sensor network project, we conducted several deployments in the last two years to evaluate the long-term performance of solar-powered urban wireless sensor networks in a desert area. In this article, we share our experiences in all domains of sensor network operations, from the conception of hardware to post-deployment analysis, including operational constraints that directly impact the software that can be run. We illustrate these experiences using numerous experimental results, and present multiple unexpected operational problems as well as some possible solutions to address them. We also show that current technology is far from meeting all operational constraints for these demanding applications, in which sensor networks are to operate for years to become economically appealing.en
dc.publisherElsevier BVen
dc.subjectExperience with real world applicationsen
dc.subjectScalability in practiceen
dc.subjectSensor networks deploymentsen
dc.subjectSolar powereden
dc.subjectWireless sensor networken
dc.titleLessons learned on solar powered wireless sensor network deployments in urban, desert environmentsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentElectrical Engineering Programen
dc.identifier.journalAd Hoc Networksen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at AustinAustin, TX, United Statesen
kaust.authorDehwah, Ahmad H.en
kaust.authorMousa, Mustafaen
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