WSN layout experiment based on radio frequency propagation tests in citrus orchard

Yue, Xuejun and Wang, Yefu and Hong, Tiansheng and Xu, Xing and Liu, Yongxin and Zhang, Zongjie (2013) WSN layout experiment based on radio frequency propagation tests in citrus orchard. Transactions of the Chinese Society for Agricultural Machinery (Nongye Jixie Xuebao), 44 (5). pp. 213-218. ISSN 1000-1298


The layout of wireless sensor network (WSN) in citrus orchards was analyzed concerning radio frequency (RF) signal strength attenuation and packet loss rate of WSN based on radio wave propagation characteristics. Accordingly, a simply equipped WSN network was deployed and tested. The attenuation of radio wave was studied in the tests with the carrier frequencies of 433 MHz and 2.4 GHz in the circumstance of different combinations of impact factors including data rate, packet length, transmission
distances, etc. The two RF signal strength linear models (433 MHz and 2.4 GHz) were built in citrus orchards with the related determination coefficients for fitting-curves ranging from 0.957 031 to 0. 971 218 and 0.954 6 to 0.986 3. Signal attenuation tests showed that the CC1110 (433 MHz) had a better performance in long distance communication with data rate lower than 1.2 kb/s and the average received signal strength was higher than the 2.4 GHz with the same output power. While the CC2530
(2.4 GHz) provided lower packet loss rate compared with the CC1110 (433 MHz) in transmitting in the same data rate. For WSN configuration, short data packet and low data rate were recommended according to the test results. A ZigBee star network was constructed and experimented with the guidance provided by signal attenuation tests. Statistics showed that the average success rate for communication was higher
than 84%.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2013 00:02
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2017 00:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: citrus orchard; WSN; propagation test; propagation channel; network layout
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090609 Signal Processing
10 Technology > 1005 Communications Technologies > 100501 Antennas and Propagation
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070105 Agricultural Systems Analysis and Modelling
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10. 6041/ j. issn. 1000-1298. 2013. 05. 037

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