Development and deployment of wireless sensor networks

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dc.contributor.advisor Mathewson, Alan en
dc.contributor.advisor O Mathuna, Cian en
dc.contributor.author O'Flynn, Brendan
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-27T12:58:43Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.date.submitted 2017
dc.identifier.citation O'Flynn, B. 2017. Development and deployment of wireless sensor networks. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/3533
dc.description.abstract Since the late 1990's researchers in both academia and industry have been exploring ways to exploit the potential for Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) to revolutionise our understanding of, and interaction with, the world around us. WSNs have therefore been a major focus of research over the past 20 years. While WSNs offer a persuasive solution for accurate real-time sensing of the physical world, they are yet to be as ubiquitous as originally predicted when the technology was first envisaged. Technical difficulties exist which have inhibited the anticipated uptake in WSN technologies, the most challenging of these have been identified as system reliability, battery lifetime, maintenance requirements, node size and ease of use. Over the past decade the Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) group at the Tyndall National institute has been at the forefront of driving the vision of ubiquitously deployed, extended lifetime, low power consumption embedded systems. These systems are required to provide information rich data streams wirelessly in (close to) real-time, be deployed in the world around us, and address the technical challenges associated with ensuring robust and reliable sensor streams and datasets. The work in this thesis is focused on investigating and addressing these challenges through the development of the new technologies and system integration methodologies required to facilitate and implement WSNs and validate these in real deployments. Specifically, this thesis describes the development and deployment of novel WSN systems in the built environment, in environmental monitoring and in fitness and health monitoring systems. The key research challenges identified and discussed are: a) The development of resource-constrained, extremely low power consumption systems incorporating energy-efficient hardware and software algorithms. b) The development of highly reliable extremely long duration deployments which through the use of appropriate energy harvesting solutions facilitate (near) zero maintenance sensor networks. c) The development of low power consumption miniaturised wearable microsystems. This thesis deals with each of these topics through a selection of peer reviewed publications addressing the theme of long-term, ‘zero maintenance’, low power consumption sensor networks. In this thesis the development of proposed systems and solutions to the key technology barriers to be overcome in the scaled deployment of sensor network systems is described which will enable WSNs to “be invisible, last forever, cost nothing and work out of the box”. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2017, Brendan O'Flynn. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Wireless sensor networks en
dc.subject Smart systems integration en
dc.subject Structural health monitoring en
dc.subject Building energy management en
dc.subject Home area networks en
dc.subject Water quality monitoring en
dc.subject Body area networks en
dc.subject Wireless inertial measurement units en
dc.title Development and deployment of wireless sensor networks en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PHD (Engineering) en
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dc.check.info Indefinite en
dc.check.date 10000-01-01
dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Electrical and Electronic Engineering en
dc.internal.school Tyndall National Institute en
dc.check.reason Releasing this thesis would cause substantial prejudice to the commercial interests of University College Cork en
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dc.check.embargoformat Both hard copy thesis and e-thesis en
dc.internal.conferring Spring 2017 en


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