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Citation Information : International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems. Volume 9, Issue 4, Pages 1,637-1,667, DOI: https://doi.org/10.21307/ijssis-2017-933
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Received Date : 31-August-2016 / Accepted: 19-October-2016 / Published Online: 01-December-2016
This paper describes a harvesting and power management system that can be equipped
with a Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) node in order to harvest energy presents in the environment
to be used for sensor node power supply. The proposed scope is to develop a harvesting board
exploiting available integrated circuits and devices for extending battery life-cycle of sensor node
developed by Medinok SPA. The aim is to realize a WSN able to perform a monitoring of principal
physical parameters deemed of interest in a facility, as automatic as possible, for the storage and
handling of goods, applied for example to a commercial seaport, where stored containers need to be
continuously monitored. Battery life-time is a main problem especially in networks where sensor
nodes are not easily accessible. For this reason, sensor nodes are commonly equipped with power
management devices able to supply power in an intelligent way from the harvester when harvestable
energy is available or from backup batteries ensuring, under every operating conditions, the correct
functioning of the sensor node. In this work, a solar-based harvesting system, based on LTC3330
IC, was designed and tested on Medinote sensor node but usable for any device requiring to be fed.
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