FLIGHT: Clock Calibration Using Fluorescent Lighting

Provided by: Association for Computing Machinery
Topic: Mobility
Format: PDF
In this paper, the authors propose a novel clock calibration approach called FLIGHT, which leverages the fact that the fluorescent light intensity changes with a stable period that equals half of the alternating current's. By tuning to the light emitted from indoor fluorescent lamps, FLIGHT can intelligently extract the light period information and achieve network wide time calibration by referring to such a common time reference. They address a series of practical challenges and implement FLIGHT in TelosB motes. They conduct comprehensive experiments using a 12-node test-bed in both static and mobile environments. Over one-week measurement suggests that compared with existing technologies, FLIGHT can achieve tightly synchronized time with low energy consumption.

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