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Wireless Power Transfer Protocols in Sensor Networks: Experiments and Simulations

Rapid technological advances in the domain of Wireless Power Transfer pave the way for novel methods for power management in systems of wireless devices, and recent research works have already started considering algorithmic solutions for tackling emerging problems. In this paper, we investigate the problem of efficient and balanced Wireless Power Transfer in Wireless Sensor Networks. We employ wireless chargers that replenish the energy of network nodes. We propose two protocols that configure the activity of the chargers. One protocol performs wireless charging focused on the charging efficiency, while the other aims at proper balance of the chargers’ residual energy. We conduct detailed experiments using real devices and we validate the experimental results via larger scale simulations. We observe that, in both the experimental evaluation and the evaluation through detailed simulations, both protocols achieve their main goals. The Charging Oriented protocol achieves good charging efficiency throughout the experiment, while the Energy Balancing protocol achieves a uniform distribution of energy within the chargers.

Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks , 2017

Autori esterni: Sotiris Nikoletseas, Dimitrios Tsolovos (Computer Engineering and Informatics Department, University of Patras, 26504 Patras, Greece), Alexandros Souroulagkas (Computer Technology Institute and Press “Diophantus”, 26504 Patras, Greece)
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Tipo: Contributo in rivista ISI
Area di disciplina: Information Technology and Communication Systems

File: jsan-06-00004.pdf

Attività: Future Internet