Advantages of Sub-GHz Communication in Food Logistics and DASH7 Implementation

  • Chanaka LloydEmail author
  • Sang-Hwa Chung
  • Walter Lang
  • Reiner Jedermann
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Logistics book series (LNLO)


The benefits of remote monitoring of perishable food items in transport and storage of a cool chain have been established and much talked about in the past decade. In order to convey the measured parametric data over for processing, wireless sensor networks are used, mostly in 2.4 GHz communication range, but it suffers from high signal attenuation in environments with high water content. This paper analyzes the possibility of wireless communication in 433 MHz and its lower sensitivity to water containing environments by means of a case study in an apple storage warehouse. The experiment shows near conformity to a previously implemented theoretical model of signal attenuation, the only error being due to ca. 10 % more water in apples compared to bananas. Second, the papers focuses on practical experiments with the focus on the DASH7 protocol, which is dedicated to sub-GHz communication, the OSS-7 software stack, and a multi-sensor, small-footprint hardware platform.


DASH7 433 MHz Signal attenuation RFID Apples 



The project COOL “Flow sensor based air management in fruit and vegetable storage” is supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag (Ref. No. VP2869706CL4). We thank the support of Stiftung Kompetenzzentrum Obstbau-Bodensee (KOB), Ravensburg-Bavendorf, Germany for the provision of their warehouse and test facilities.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chanaka Lloyd
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Sang-Hwa Chung
    • 3
  • Walter Lang
    • 1
  • Reiner Jedermann
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Microsensors, -Actuators and -Systems (IMSAS), University of BremenBremenGermany
  2. 2.International Graduate School for Dynamics in Logistics (IGS) LogDynamicsBremen Institute of Production and Logistics (BIBA)BremenGermany
  3. 3.Department of Computer EngineeringPusan National University (PNU)BusanRepublic of Korea

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