Low-Power Radio Communication in Industrial Outdoor Deployments: The Impact of Weather Conditions and ATEX-Compliance

  • Carlo Alberto Boano
  • James Brown
  • Zhitao He
  • Utz Roedig
  • Thiemo Voigt
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 29)


Industry recognizes wireless sensor networks as one of the next major technical and economical shifts in automation and control systems. Industrial applications need performance assurances of wireless communication, which is hard to attain given the variability of the environment where such applications are deployed. In this paper, we quantify the impact of environmental conditions, namely temperature, fog, and rain on wireless communication links. We further investigate the influence of industrial casing on communication, evaluating an ATEX enclosure intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. Knowledge of the potential impact of environmental conditions and special casings provides an important input to robust communication design during deployment planning.


Industrial outdoor deployment wireless sensor networks temperature impact weather conditions RSSI LQI ATEX compliance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlo Alberto Boano
    • 1
  • James Brown
    • 2
  • Zhitao He
    • 1
  • Utz Roedig
    • 2
  • Thiemo Voigt
    • 1
  1. 1.Swedish Institute of Computer ScienceKistaSweden
  2. 2.Computing DeparmentLancaster UniversityLancasterUK

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