Optical wireless communication in sensor networks: Data harvesting for disaster recovery operations

Shlomi Arnon, Debbie Kedar

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Networks of sensors are an emerging technology for real-time data gathering in applications such as pollution monitoring, home security, surveillance, industrial control, etc. Many miniature nodes with sensing, computing and wireless communication capabilities are randomly deployed in an area or volume to be probed. One of the possible communication modalities for sensor networks is optical wireless communication (OWC). Initially, the sensor population must be mapped prior to interrogation by the base station and data communication from the sensor node. In this paper we review some theoretical and experimental work in this area and underline some of the challenges and possible solutions. The specific scenario of wireless sensor networks in a disaster recovery operation is modeled.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFree-Space Laser Communications VII
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2007
EventFree-Space Laser Communications VII - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 28 Aug 200730 Aug 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferenceFree-Space Laser Communications VII
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Data harvesting
  • Optical wireless communication
  • Wireless sensor networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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