Graz University of Technology
Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are power critical systems, because they are used in application areas without wired infrastructure. Each sensor node needs a dedicated power supply. Today's protocols and applications for WSNs are often power-aware. However, the State-of-Charge (SoC) estimation of the energy storage component (e.g. rechargeable battery) influences the decisions of the power-aware software. A measurement error may cause wrong decisions which would reduce the lifetime of the network. This work presents the simulation results of the impact of an SoC measurement error on the network lifetime running a simple and an enhanced power-aware WSN application.