Design and field test of an autonomous IoT WSN platform for environmental monitoring

Fan Wu, Christoph Rudiger, Mehmet Rasit Yuce

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An autonomous Internet of Things (IoT) wireless sensor network (WSN) powered by a solar energy harvester with low power electronics is presented in this paper. The power supply is a critical challenge for IoT sensors as many of them normally have limited lifetime due to the battery with limited capacity used. The WSN system, sensor node electronics, and the energy harvesting techniques are all configured to achieve a continuous energy source and low power consumption. The IoT network system has been deployed on Monash University Clayton campus, Melbourne, for monitoring temperature, relative humidity, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide data. The sensor network uses multiple XBee wireless modules and successfully monitors the useful data for six months. This work demonstrates that energy harvesting enables an IoT sensor platform to become always active and reliable for long-term, providing many opportunities and applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 27th International Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (ITNAC 2017)
EditorsKhandakjar E. Ahmed, Keshav Sood
Place of PublicationPiscataway NJ USA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509067961, 9781509067954
ISBN (Print)9781509067978
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventInternational Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference 2017 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 22 Nov 201724 Nov 2017
Conference number: 27th (Conference website) (Proceedings)


ConferenceInternational Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference 2017
Abbreviated titleITNAC 2017
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  • energy harvesting
  • environmental monitoring
  • Internet of Things
  • Solar
  • wireless sensor network

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