Opportunities for Transmission Power Control Protocols in Wireless Sensor Networks

Jack Hughes, Pavlos Lazaridis, Ian Glover, Andrew Ball

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This study investigates the opportunities for transmission power control (TPC) protocols in resource constrained wireless sensor networks (WSNs). The paper begins by creating a generalised model to describe the relationship between transmission power, communication reliability and energy consumption. Applying this model to the performance of state-of-the art radio hardware, the maximum potential energy savings achievable through the implementation of a TPC protocol are identified. From this, previous assumptions about the limited impact of protocols and mechanisms, such as TPC, which seek to reduce the energy consumed by wireless communication activities through targeting the distance dependent term are disproven. This paper concludes by presenting guidelines on the link conditions which offer the greatest opportunities for a TPC protocol.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Automation & Computing, (University of Huddersfield, 7-8 September 2017)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780701702601
ISBN (Print)9781509050406
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2017
Event23rd International Conference on Automation and Computing: Addressing Global Challenges through Automation and Computing - University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Sep 20178 Sep 2017
Conference number: 23
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Conference23rd International Conference on Automation and Computing
Abbreviated titleICAC 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
OtherThe scope of the conference covers a broad spectrum of areas with multi-disciplinary interests in the fields of automation, control engineering, computing and information systems, ranging from fundamental research to real-world applications.
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