Sensor Applications, Experimentation, and Logistics. First International Conference, SENSAPPEAL 2009, Athens, Greece, September 25, 2009, Revised Selected Papers

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Low-Power Radio Communication in Industrial Outdoor Deployments: The Impact of Weather Conditions and ATEX-Compliance

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-11870-8_11,
        author={Carlo Boano and James Brown and Zhitao He and Utz Roedig and Thiemo Voigt},
        title={Low-Power Radio Communication in Industrial Outdoor Deployments: The Impact of Weather Conditions and ATEX-Compliance},
        proceedings={Sensor Applications, Experimentation, and Logistics. First International Conference, SENSAPPEAL 2009, Athens, Greece, September 25, 2009, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={SENSAPPEAL},
        year={2012},
        month={5},
        keywords={Industrial outdoor deployment wireless sensor networks temperature impact weather conditions RSSI LQI ATEX compliance},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-11870-8_11}
    }
    
  • Carlo Boano
    James Brown
    Zhitao He
    Utz Roedig
    Thiemo Voigt
    Year: 2012
    Low-Power Radio Communication in Industrial Outdoor Deployments: The Impact of Weather Conditions and ATEX-Compliance
    SENSAPPEAL
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-11870-8_11
Carlo Boano1,*, James Brown2,*, Zhitao He1,*, Utz Roedig2,*, Thiemo Voigt1,*
  • 1: Kista
  • 2: Lancaster University
*Contact email: cboano@sics.se, j.brown@lancaster.ac.uk, zhitao@sics.se, u.roedig@lancaster.ac.uk, thiemo@sics.se

Abstract

Industry recognizes wireless sensor networks as one of the next major technical and economical shifts in automation and control systems. Industrial applications need performance assurances of wireless communication, which is hard to attain given the variability of the environment where such applications are deployed. In this paper, we quantify the impact of environmental conditions, namely temperature, fog, and rain on wireless communication links. We further investigate the influence of industrial casing on communication, evaluating an ATEX enclosure intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. Knowledge of the potential impact of environmental conditions and special casings provides an important input to robust communication design during deployment planning.