Can Frequency Diversity Provide Performance Gains for WSNs at 2.4GHz for the Fire Hydrant to Above Ground Channel

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Executive Summary

Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) which utilize IEEE 802.15.4 technology offer the potential for low cost deployment and maintenance compared with conventional wired sensor networks, enabling effective and efficient condition monitoring of aged civil engineering infrastructure. The authors will address wireless propagation for a below to above ground scenario where one of the wireless nodes is located in a below ground fire hydrant chamber to permit monitoring of the local water distribution network. Frequency Diversity (FD) is one method that can be used to combat the damaging effects of multi-path fading and so improve the reliability of radio links.

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