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Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a growing market with predicted worldwide spending in this field to exceed $1.2T by 2022. This topic is focused on wireless sensor node (WSN) hardware which are designed to be cheap and easy to install without the need to integrate into existing infrastructure. Examples are smart electricity metering to ensure accurate monitoring of the National Grid load, smart home features e.g. internet connected thermostat lighting and security intruder detection and crop monitoring ensuring farmers can obtain real time data on soil quality and moisture content to improve yields.
However, use of WSNs are currently limited by a number of factors including; the energy density of small form factor power sources, sensor performance vs power consumption, device/maintenance overhead (e.g. battery change), efficiency of existing energy harvesting systems and more generally size, weight and costs.
The aim of this topic is to address shortcomings in the way WSNs are powered, with the broader goal of increasing the duration of the device. Proposals are welcomed that tackle this goal from a variety of different routes.
Proposals should look to build upon or surpass the current academic/industrial start of the art, some examples below:
The following examples highlight several strategies to improve the shortcoming in WSN power noted above. However, all proposals that address the aim will be considered.
Relevance to the Intelligence Community:
With the rise of IoT there is the potential to autonomously, and in real time, efficiently monitor the location of deliveries, sense temperature and humidity or mitigate against damage, ultimately providing better supply chain providence. With increases in energy storage capabilities a network of WSNs can be incorporated and utilized much more efficiently.
Key Words: Internet of Things, IoT, Wireless Sensor Nodes, WSN, Battery, Batteries, Li-Ion, Lithium Polymer, Solid State, Energy Harvesting, Electrodynamic, Piezoelectric, Photovoltaic, Solar, Thermoelectric, Triboelectric, Power Electronics, Low Power