e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries. 9th International Conference, AFRICOMM 2017, Lagos, Nigeria, December 11-12, 2017, Proceedings

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Tackling the Issues of Powering Mobile IoT Sensors and Systems Using Off-Grid Sources of Energy, the Case of the Real-Time Web-Based Temperature Monitoring System in Malawi

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-98827-6_21,
        author={Alinafe Kaliwo and Chomora Mikeka},
        title={Tackling the Issues of Powering Mobile IoT Sensors and Systems Using Off-Grid Sources of Energy, the Case of the Real-Time Web-Based Temperature Monitoring System in Malawi},
        proceedings={e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries. 9th International Conference, AFRICOMM 2017, Lagos, Nigeria, December 11-12, 2017, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={AFRICOMM},
        year={2018},
        month={8},
        keywords={Power source IoT Web-based Temperature Monitoring},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-98827-6_21}
    }
    
  • Alinafe Kaliwo
    Chomora Mikeka
    Year: 2018
    Tackling the Issues of Powering Mobile IoT Sensors and Systems Using Off-Grid Sources of Energy, the Case of the Real-Time Web-Based Temperature Monitoring System in Malawi
    AFRICOMM
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-98827-6_21
Alinafe Kaliwo,*, Chomora Mikeka,*
    *Contact email: akaliwo@poly.ac.mw, chomora@gmail.com

    Abstract

    Design and implementation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and systems face the need of these systems to be self-powered. This is due to a number of characteristic and fundamental factors such as responsiveness, system mobility, portability, energy supply source adaptability. IoT covers a wide range of devices and systems, and an important subset of these involves real-time monitoring and control, particularly for both home and industrial applications. Other than just powering fixed sensor systems, the integration of such systems to mobile or transportation systems is a very important attributed characteristic but becomes a bit of a challenge to both designers and users in choosing the right option of power supply to the IoT systems. This paper illustrates some of such challenges and some of the efforts implemented to counter them in the design and implementation of a temperature monitoring system for transportation systems of dairy products in Malawi.