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The increasing adoption of wireless sensor network technology in a variety of applications, from agricultural to volcanic monitoring, has demonstrated their ability to gather data with unprecedented sensing capabilities and deliver it to a remote user. However, a key issue remains how to maintain these sensor network deployments over increasingly prolonged deployments. In this paper, the authors present the challenges that were faced in maintaining continual operation of an automated wildlife monitoring system over a one year period. This system analyzed the social co-location patterns of European badgers (Meles meles) residing in a dense woodland environment using a hybrid RFID-WSN approach.
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