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Sensors (Basel). 2012;12(6):8204-17. doi: 10.3390/s120608204. Epub 2012 Jun 13.

Open-WiSe: a solar powered wireless sensor network platform.

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  • 1Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, University of Colima, Colima, Mexico.


Because battery-powered nodes are required in wireless sensor networks and energy consumption represents an important design consideration, alternate energy sources are needed to provide more effective and optimal function. The main goal of this work is to present an energy harvesting wireless sensor network platform, the Open Wireless Sensor node (WiSe). The design and implementation of the solar powered wireless platform is described including the hardware architecture, firmware, and a POSIX Real-Time Kernel. A sleep and wake up strategy was implemented to prolong the lifetime of the wireless sensor network. This platform was developed as a tool for researchers investigating Wireless sensor network or system integrators.


802.15.4; real-time kernel; sleep and wakeup strategies; solar-powered wireless sensor platform

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