Real-World Energy Measurements of a Wireless Mesh Network

Jamakovic, A.; Dimitrova, D. C.; Anwander, M.; Macicas, T.; Braun, T.; Schwanbeck, J.; Staub, T.; Nyffenegger, B. (2013). Real-World Energy Measurements of a Wireless Mesh Network. In: Pierson, Jean-Marc; Da Costa, Georges; Dittmann, Lars (eds.) Energy Efficiency in Large Scale Distributed Systems: COST IC0804 European Conference, EE-LSDS 2013 Vienna, Austria, April 2013 Revised Selected Papers. Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Vol. 8046 (pp. 218-232). Heidelberg: Springer 10.1007/978-3-642-40517-4_18

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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.

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08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Computer Science (INF) > Communication and Distributed Systems (CDS)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Computer Science (INF)

UniBE Contributor:

Jamakovic, Almerima; Dimitrova, Desislava Cvetanova; Anwander, Markus; Macicas, Teodor; Braun, Torsten; Schwanbeck, Jan; Staub, Thomas and Nyffenegger, Benjamin


000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
500 Science > 510 Mathematics
900 History > 910 Geography & travel






Lecture Notes in Computer Science






Dimitrios Xenakis

Date Deposited:

12 Mar 2014 15:30

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 14:29

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

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




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