Self-determination of maximum supportable receiver wakeup intervals in Energy Harvesting WSN nodes

Wilson M. Tan, Stephen A. Jarvis

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Energy harvesting wireless sensor network nodes would not be able to operate without duty cycling. In TinyOS, duty cycling is supported through Low Power Listening or LPL. LPL is sender-centric: the longer the wakeup interval, the more power a receiver saves, at the cost of more energy per transmission for the sender. Due to the limitations of energy storage technologies, there is a limit to the sender wakeup interval which energy harvesting senders could support. Currently, the limit could be derived computationally or experimentally. Computational derivation is overly conservative, while manual experimentation is labour intensive. In this paper, we present a protocol which enables sensor nodes to determine the wakeup interval limit experimentally without human intervention or the aid of other nodes. Not only does the protocol allow for easier determination of the said limit, it also allows network nodes to adjust to environmental changes that nodes encounter while in deployment, such as capacitor ageing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 IFIP Wireless Days, WD 2013
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Print)9781479905423
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event6th IFIP/IEEE Wireless Days Conference, WD 2013 - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 13 Nov 201315 Nov 2013

Publication series

NameIFIP Wireless Days
ISSN (Print)2156-9711
ISSN (Electronic)2156-972X


Conference6th IFIP/IEEE Wireless Days Conference, WD 2013


  • calibration
  • duty cycling
  • energy harvesting
  • Wireless sensor networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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