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Flexible Power Scheduling for Sensor Networks

Hohlt, Barbara
Doherty, Lance
Brewer, Eric
Technical Report Identifier: CSD-03-1293
January 2003

Abstract: We propose a distributed on-demand power-management protocol for collecting data in sensor networks. The protocol aims to reduce power consumption while supporting fluctuating demand in the network and provide local routing information and synchronicity without global control. Energy savings are achieved by powering down nodes during idle times identified through dynamic scheduling. We present a real implementation on wireless sensor nodes based on a novel, two-level architecture. We evaluate our approach through measurements and simulation, and show how the protocol allows adaptive scheduling and enables a smooth trade-off between energy savings and latency. An example current measurement shows an energy savings of 83% on an intermediate node.