Real-World Energy Measurements of a Wireless Mesh Network

  • A. Jamakovic
  • D. C. Dimitrova
  • M. Anwander
  • T. Macicas
  • T. Braun
  • J. Schwanbeck
  • T. Staub
  • B. Nyffenegger
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8046)

Abstract

Over the past several years the topics of energy consumption and energy harvesting have gained significant importance as a means for improved operation of wireless sensor and mesh networks. Energy-awareness of operation is especially relevant for application scenarios from the domain of environmental monitoring in hard to access areas. In this work we reflect upon our experiences with a real-world deployment of a wireless mesh network. In particular, a comprehensive study on energy measurements collected over several weeks during the summer and the winter period in a network deployment in the Swiss Alps is presented. Energy performance is monitored and analysed for three system components, namely, mesh node, battery and solar panel module. Our findings cover a number of aspects of energy consumption, including the amount of load consumed by a mesh node, the amount of load harvested by a solar panel module, and the dependencies between these two. With our work we aim to shed some light on energy-aware network operation and to help both users and developers in the planning and deployment of a new wireless (mesh) network for environmental research.

Keywords

Wireless mesh networks Real-world deployments Energy measurements Harvesting and consumption Energy efficiency 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Jamakovic
    • 1
  • D. C. Dimitrova
    • 1
  • M. Anwander
    • 1
  • T. Macicas
    • 1
  • T. Braun
    • 1
  • J. Schwanbeck
    • 2
  • T. Staub
    • 1
  • B. Nyffenegger
    • 1
  1. 1.Communication and Distributed Systems Group, Institute of Computer Science and Applied MathematicsUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland
  2. 2.Hydrology Group, Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research and Institute of GeographyUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland

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