Out-of-band signaling provides a valuable support to the management of wireless sensor networks. Among other signals, sound has a propagation speed in air which is fast enough to be neglected in typical sensor network applications, and slow enough to be measured by means of low-cost embedded systems. An ultrasonic triggering mechanism has been recently developed for VirtualSense, an ultra-low-power sensor node featuring a Java runtime environment. Ultrasonic triggers provide on-demand wakeup capabilities that can be exploited by routing nodes to be switched on whenever there is a packet to be routed towards the sink, while spending all the idle time in an ultra low power inactive state where even the radio module is turned off. In addition, the same hardware components can be used to perform pairwise distance measurements that can be exploited for localization. In this demonstration we show the possible use of VirtualSense ultrasonic wake-up modules as distance estimators.

Exploiting ultra-low-power ultrasonic wake-up triggering for sensor nodes distance measurements

LATTANZI, EMANUELE;FRESCHI, VALERIO;SERAGHITI, ANDREA;BOGLIOLO, ALESSANDRO
2013-01-01

Abstract

Out-of-band signaling provides a valuable support to the management of wireless sensor networks. Among other signals, sound has a propagation speed in air which is fast enough to be neglected in typical sensor network applications, and slow enough to be measured by means of low-cost embedded systems. An ultrasonic triggering mechanism has been recently developed for VirtualSense, an ultra-low-power sensor node featuring a Java runtime environment. Ultrasonic triggers provide on-demand wakeup capabilities that can be exploited by routing nodes to be switched on whenever there is a packet to be routed towards the sink, while spending all the idle time in an ultra low power inactive state where even the radio module is turned off. In addition, the same hardware components can be used to perform pairwise distance measurements that can be exploited for localization. In this demonstration we show the possible use of VirtualSense ultrasonic wake-up modules as distance estimators.
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