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A Novel Wireless Mobile Platform to Locate and Gather Data From Optical Fiber Sensors Integrated Into a WSN

Zhou, B., Yang, S., Sun, T. & Grattan, K. T. V. (2015). A Novel Wireless Mobile Platform to Locate and Gather Data From Optical Fiber Sensors Integrated Into a WSN. IEEE Sensors Journal, 15(6), pp. 3615-3621. doi: 10.1109/jsen.2015.2396040


This paper presents a novel design for a wireless mobile platform to locate and gather data from different types of optical fiber sensors, thereby enabling the more effective integration of a number of such optical fiber sensors with an advanced mobile wireless sensor network (WSN). This then more readily permits potential applications, such as monitoring in remote and harsh environments and tracking, exploiting fully the combined advantages offered both by the mobile WSN and the advanced optical fiber sensing technologies. The platform which was designed and implemented consists of an optical fiber sensor module and a smart mobile WSN module, which shows important advantages for mobile sensing and tracking and mesh networking. In this paper, a fiber Bragg grating-based temperature sensor and an intrinsic pH optical fiber sensor were specially designed and integrated successfully into the optical fiber sensor module as an exemplar to investigate the performance of the integrated system based on themobile WSN platform. The positive experimental results obtained have confirmed the functionality of the platform designed and demonstrated its capacity for real-time optical fiber sensor data monitoring, processing, and wireless transmission. The successful creation of this type of wireless mobile platform with optical fiber sensors can thus be expected to make an important impact on a number of sectors, where either conventional optical sensor designs or WSNs alone cannot meet the systems requirements.

Publication Type: Article
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Publisher Keywords: Wireless sensor network, optical fiber sensors, pH sensor, mobile control, RSSI localization
Subjects: T Technology
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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