Probabilistic Data Collection Protocols for Energy Harvesting Sensor Networks

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Executive Summary

Energy harvesting has been studied as a candidate for powering next generation wireless sensor networks. The technologies that can harvest electric power from ambient energy sources include solar, vibration, heat and wind. However, sensor nodes powered by energy harvesting devices cannot always communicate with other nodes because the energy harvesting devices cannot provide a stable supply power. A node cannot know whether its neighboring nodes have enough energy to receive a data packet that it has transmitted. During the process of relaying the packet, each additional hop increases the overall probability of losing the packet.

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