EleSense: Elevator-Assisted Wireless Sensor Data Collection for High-Rise Structure Monitoring
Wireless sensor networks have been widely suggested to be used in Cyber-Physical Systems for Structural Health Monitoring. However, for nowadays high-rise structures (e.g., the Guangzhou New TV Tower, peaking at 600m above ground), the extensive vertical dimension creates enormous challenges toward sensor data collection, beyond those addressed in state-of-the-art mote-like systems. One example is the data transmission from the sensor nodes to the base station. Given the long span of the civil structures, neither a strategy of long-range one-hop data transmission nor short-range hop-by-hop communication is cost-efficient. In this paper, the authors propose EleSense, a novel high-rise structure monitoring framework that uses elevators to assist data collection.