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On The Accuracy of Software-based Energy Estimation Techniques

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Proceedings (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2011
Author Philipp Hurni, Benjamin Nyffenegger, Torsten Braun, Anton Hergenröder,
Project Traffic Adaptivity in Wireless Sensor Networks
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Proceedings (peer-reviewed)

Title of proceedings EWSN 2011
Place Bonn
DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-19186-2_4


This paper examines the accuracy of software-based on-line energy estimation techniques. It evaluates today’s most widespread en- ergy estimation model in order to investigate whether the current me- thodology of pure software-based energy estimation running on a sensor node itself can indeed reliably and accurately determine its energy con- sumption - independent of the particular node instance, the traffic load the node is exposed to, or the MAC protocol the node is running. The pa- per enhances today’s widely used energy estimation model by integrating radio transceiver switches into the model, and proposes a methodology to find the optimal estimation model parameters. It proves by statistical validation with experimental data that the proposed model enhance- ment and parameter calibration methodology significantly increases the estimation accuracy.