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Reducing Average Power in Wireless Sensor Networks through Data Rate Adaptation

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Reducing Average Power in Wireless Sensor Networks through Data Rate Adaptation
—The use of variable data rate can reduce network latency and average power consumption, and automatic rate selection is critical for improving scalability and minimizing network overhead. In the IEEE 802.15.4 standard the SNR can be inferred through the radio reported link quality or received signal strength, and an extension to the standard leads to highly dynamic and accurate rate selection. Using data from an experimental study of 44 IEEE 802.15.4 nodes in an industrial mesh network, SNR is extracted to show sufficient margin exists for higher data rate communication. A variable rate signaling scheme with automatic rate selection is proposed to provide links at the standard 250kb/s as well as 500kb/s, 1000kb/s and 2000kb/s with a minimum of hardware changes. Using the experimental data to generate a model of the real world system, total network energy is compared using legacy and variable rate signaling showing over 40% savings.
Steven Lanzisera, Ankur Mehta, Kristofer S. J. Pis
Added 21 May 2010
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Type Conference
Year 2009
Where ICC
Authors Steven Lanzisera, Ankur Mehta, Kristofer S. J. Pister
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