An Empirical Study of Link Quality Assessment in Wireless Sensor Networks applicable to Transmission Power Control Protocols

Jack Hughes, Pavlos Lazaridis, Ian Glover, Andrew Ball

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Transmission Power Control (TPC) protocols are poised for wide spread adoption in Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) to address energy constraints. Identifying the optimum transmission power is a significant challenge due to the complex and dynamic nature of the wireless transmission medium and this has resulted in several previous TPC protocols reporting poor reliability and energy efficiency in certain scenarios. In line with current studies, this study presents an empirical characterisation of the transmission medium in typical WSN environments. Through this, the sources of link quality degradation are identified and extensive empirical evidence of their effects are presented. The results highlight that low power wireless links are significantly affected by spatio-temporal factors with the severity of these factors being heavily dependent on environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLoughborough Antennas & Propagation Conference (LAPC 2017)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781785616990
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2018
EventLoughborough Antennas & Propagation Conference - Burleigh Court International Conference Centre , Loughborough, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Nov 201714 Nov 2017 (Link to Conference Details)


ConferenceLoughborough Antennas & Propagation Conference
Abbreviated titleLAPC 2017
CountryUnited Kingdom
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